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I wanted to do a disc brake conversion using ’68 or ’69 Ford parts. It took a couple of years but I found ’69 T-Bird disc brake spindles on eBay in 2010, p/n C9SA-3107 and 3108. This past spring I went to a junkyard and bought 5 ’93 Crown Vic steel wheels. Had my existing tires switched over to the Crown Vic wheels. The original ’65 wheels are rivited and only 5" wide.
The Crown Vic wheels are 6.5" wide and are welded.
Found a Ford mechanic a few years ago and he did the conversion. He had a ’65 Galaxie drum spindle that was compared to the ’69 T-Bird disc spindle and they matched. The only difference was the T-Bird spindle was about an 1/8" thicker on the top where it connects to the upper ball joint. The parts used were ’69 Galaxie disc brake parts purchased from NAPA in
November. The front disc brake lines were the only non Galaxie parts used. The conversion was done in early December.

Here is the list of parts used:
’69 T-Bird spindles eBay
4885522 rotors 11.72" (also used on ’69 Mercury full size)
SE4562 caliper
SE4561 caliper
TS-773 pads
M1926 master cylinder
LM67048 bearing inner
LM11949 bearing outer
19221 wheel seal
’69 Galaxie outer tie rods PST (learned from a thread here)
NAPA (Dorman) H36620 disc brake line driver side (’68 Mustang C8ZZ-2078-B)
NAPA (Dorman) H36621 disc brake line passenger side (‘68 Mustang C8ZZ-2078-A)
’69 Galaxie proportioning valve eBay
brake booster - original ’65 Galaxie Midland

The Mustang brake lines were reversed because one of the brake lines hit the sway bar. I have a PST swaybar installed.

Handling is much better with the aftermarket sway bar and wider wheels. Rear suspension had bushings/springs replaced a few years ago.

The center opening on the ’93 Crown Vic wheel is 2 3/4" - 2 13/16"
The hub on the 4885522 rotor is 2 5/8" wide
The center opening on the ’65 wheels is 2 1/2"

Full size 70 thru 72 Galaxie, 70 thru 72 Mercury, 70 and 71 T-Bird all use the same rotors. I probably could have used those rotors too with their bearings. All of these cars mentioned and the ’69 Ford and Mercury use the same calipers and pads.

Will get the front end alignment in the spring.

Will get under the car in the spring for additional photos.

Hope this helps someone!
 

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I wanted to do a disc brake conversion using ’68 or ’69 Ford parts. It took a couple of years but I found ’69 T-Bird disc brake spindles on eBay in 2010, p/n C9SA-3107 and 3108. This past spring I went to a junkyard and bought 5 ’93 Crown Vic steel wheels. Had my existing tires switched over to the Crown Vic wheels. The original ’65 wheels are rivited and only 5" wide.
The Crown Vic wheels are 6.5" wide and are welded.
Found a Ford mechanic a few years ago and he did the conversion. He had a ’65 Galaxie drum spindle that was compared to the ’69 T-Bird disc spindle and they matched. The only difference was the T-Bird spindle was about an 1/8" thicker on the top where it connects to the upper ball joint. The parts used were ’69 Galaxie disc brake parts purchased from NAPA in
November. The front disc brake lines were the only non Galaxie parts used. The conversion was done in early December.

Here is the list of parts used:
’69 T-Bird spindles eBay
4885522 rotors 11.72" (also used on ’69 Mercury full size)
SE4562 caliper
SE4561 caliper
TS-773 pads
M1926 master cylinder
LM67048 bearing inner
LM11949 bearing outer
19221 wheel seal
’69 Galaxie outer tie rods PST (learned from a thread here)
NAPA (Dorman) H36620 disc brake line driver side (’68 Mustang C8ZZ-2078-B)
NAPA (Dorman) H36621 disc brake line passenger side (‘68 Mustang C8ZZ-2078-A)
’69 Galaxie proportioning valve eBay
brake booster - original ’65 Galaxie Midland

The Mustang brake lines were reversed because one of the brake lines hit the sway bar. I have a PST swaybar installed.

Handling is much better with the aftermarket sway bar and wider wheels. Rear suspension had bushings/springs replaced a few years ago.

The center opening on the ’93 Crown Vic wheel is 2 3/4" - 2 13/16"
The hub on the 4885522 rotor is 2 5/8" wide
The center opening on the ’65 wheels is 2 1/2"

Full size 70 thru 72 Galaxie, 70 thru 72 Mercury, 70 and 71 T-Bird all use the same rotors. I probably could have used those rotors too with their bearings. All of these cars mentioned and the ’69 Ford and Mercury use the same calipers and pads.

Will get the front end alignment in the spring.

Will get under the car in the spring for additional photos.

Hope this helps someone!
Frank, cool write up! So im guessing this would also work for a 66 since they are pretty similar? Ive checked out kits from MP, and pirate jacks. Some people say they worked great while others said they had a ton of problems with them. Is this an easier way to go? Roughly how much was everything? Thanks!
 

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Just FYI. If you look at the profile FrankB hasn't been on here since 2016.
 

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Frank, cool write up! So im guessing this would also work for a 66 since they are pretty similar? Ive checked out kits from MP, and pirate jacks. Some people say they worked great while others said they had a ton of problems with them. Is this an easier way to go? Roughly how much was everything? Thanks!
Wilwood makes a kit that's a direct bolt on to convert drum brakes to disc that utilizes the factory drum brake spindles. This is the kit I bought for my '67 that I've had installed for the last 5 years: Wilwood Front Disc Brake Kit

A lot of information showing everything that's included in the kit plus the instruction manual on the Wilwood website. Front Disc Brake Kit

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You got one of the nice ones! So I'm checking out their site now. I'm working with a budget. It's the base, $704, option decent? I'm also going to contact them directly. After I rebuild my engine and do I few mods I plan/hope for close to 350hp. Daily driver,no racing. I'm thinking the classic dynamite should be enough?
 

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You got one of the nice ones! So I'm checking out their site now. I'm working with a budget. It's the base, $704, option decent? I'm also going to contact them directly. After I rebuild my engine and do I few mods I plan/hope for close to 350hp. Daily driver,no racing. I'm thinking the classic dynamite should be enough?
I didn't see anything for $704 but there is one for $718 which is similar to what I have except it has solid surface rotors instead of the drilled/slotted ones. I think the Dynalite Classic would be just fine for a daily driver. I don't know what diameter wheels you have but if you're using 14" be sure to check the wheel clearance diagram on the Wilwood page. I'm running 15" Torq Thrust II with plenty of clearance.
 
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