I need opinions. What I have now is in top condition and does its thing with fair confidence. But I feel it can do better… I drive the car often in all kinds of conditions and although I have only a mild built 5.0/EFI in the 66 there have been times when I wish I had more assured braking power. My brake system has been well maintained and feels as it always has… so everything is working correctly.
Another goal is to keep 16” wheels. I have an old SSC Kelsey-Hayes type 11.25 inch front disk set up, recent Hawk HPS pads and braided SS lines with vacuum power booster. Rear end is rebuilt stock drum with a good upgraded pad. Also, my suspension is in good shape being a TCP coil over front with Maier springs out back.
My plan is to upgrade the following:
1) Since I already have good PowerSlot rotors and SS lines I thought I’d just upgrade to SSC’s alum caliper kit that fits what I have. They claim “25% more contact area” and more clamping force. Easy, cheap direct bolt-on. IF I went with a whole new set up it would be Street or Track’s 12x1.25 4-piston alum caliper front (fits 16” wheels), but this would cost me a thousand more.
2) Install rear disks. Either one of two SSC kits or SorT’s 10.5 disk kit. I have a proportioning valve so I assume my relatively small 11.25 front could be balanced with a 11.25 or 10.5 rear?
3) Hydroboost unit from Hydratech or THI (they make a kit now for 64-66). With 1-1/8 master cyl recommended.
Classic Car and Truck Brake, Steering and Suspension Parts
Would this make a significant improvement, again since I’m limiting myself to 16” wheels?
My main conundrum is to whether the hydroboost is a big improvement in terms of pedal feel and modulation over my existing vac booster (which feels rather light and a bit squishy). I’m willing to spend the money if it’s a significant improvement. I’ve seen that others have done this but I didn’t read any performance reviews.
I am also curious if others have upgraded their brake pedal mechanism somehow. This may be where part of my ‘feel’ problem comes from… the relatively sloppy stock setup (yes, I do have new bushings… I was thinking a roller bearing kit would improve the feel but evidently these are made only for clutch/brake pedal setup unless someone knows different and can point me in the right direction).