Not all of us are stunt drivers. There's a point when the factory tubs just aren't going to create enough press to grind your sled to a halt--at least not safely or quickly.
Let's say you need new brakes but don't want to take out a second mortgage to get them, and you really don't want to hassle with large, 12- to 14-inch rotors because that would require a significantly larger wheel and tire combination (which would only add to the cost). What do you do? When it comes to brakes, most guys just want something that works without all the hoopla or flashy calipers.
So what's the best of both worlds? Master Power Brakes offers an 11-inch power disc brake setup for the front of our '66 Elco. While we could have also added discs to the rear, we wanted to keep the build simple and within the constraints of a real-world budget. Thus we opted for the 11-inch big drum kit. It swallows the factory rear brakes by 11/2 inches, and the price was right. Best of all, both brake kits come completely assembled, ready to bolt on right out of the box--seriously.
Why the upgrade? The best way to describe the prowess of our factory four-wheel drum configuration is to compare it to an ocean freighter. We might as well have cut holes in the floorboards so the driver and passenger could stomp their feet down when they needed to stop. This system is 42 years old--definitely time to update the entire system. As for replacing the old with the new, it was too easy. Follow along as we guide you through and put the confidence back in your feet.
New power 11-inch front discs and 11-inch drums
revamp the entire system and start fresh.
THE FRONT The job is easy, but it will take up the better part of your weekend. To get th
To remove the hub from the front wheel, we took off the dust cap by splitting it away with
With the hub out of the way, we removed the two bolts behind it, which hold the tie-rod ar
The last nuts to be removed on the driver side are from the upper and lower A-arms. We the
Next we removed the old drum from the suspension. If you have any worn ball joints or bush
These kits from Master Power come fully assembled and ready to install. We're showing you
THE REAR Removing the rear drum takes the same technique as the front but with an additio
With the rear axles out, we loosened and removed the four bolts retaining the drum/backing
We wanted to make sure the new drum backing plate had a nice, flat surface to attach to, s
The Master Power Brake kit dwarfs the original rear drum by 11/2 inches. We went from a 91
When we first lined up the holes to bolt on the new 11-inch drums, we were a little concer
We locked in the axles and buttoned up the differential cover. We also reinstalled our rea
MANUAL TO POWER To get this sled stopping like it should, or at least to modern-day stand
Like the front and rear brakes, the master cylinder kit and booster come fully assembled w
For the fluid to get to its specific location, be it the front or rear, we had to install
We began by threading in the new hard lines but made sure to leave them somewhat loose so
To arrange the lines, they must be criss-crossed over one another. Then we threaded in the
Originally the '66 came with measly 14-inch rims and P195/60R14 tires. It would have been
For tires, we wrapped Goodyear rubber on all four corners. We weren't going for any sort o
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|Goddyear||P215/60R15 front |
|2 @ 71 ea |
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|MP Brakes||11-inch front vented disc kit |
11-inch rear vented drum kit
Power boooster &
master cylinder kit
Valve line kit
|Superior Axles||Rear axles||EV10-2||230 |
|Vintage Wheel Works||15x7 front|
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