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66 brake swap

So I found a real nice SSBC front disc brake kit for sale that are bolted to 68 Cougar spindles.

So I know the 68 spindles are a little different than the 66 but should the brakes bolt up to my 66 spindles? I will not be buying the spindles, only the brake setup.

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buy it all, including the spindles since they are the same as the 68 mustang spindles. you can always sell the spindles later on if you like after the swap is done.

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You'll need the spindles to complete that swap


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You'll need the spindles to complete that swap


So I can not use my V8 spindles from my 66? I donít really want to mess with the geometry by putting 68 spindles on a 66


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So I can not use my V8 spindles from my 66? I donít really want to mess with the geometry by putting 68 spindles on a 66


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Are the calipers 4 piston or 1 piston ?


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Are the calipers 4 piston or 1 piston ?


They are 4 piston. From an SSBC kit. Guy selling does not know which kit these were but is telling me that they will fit on all V8 spindles from 65-73.


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I could be wrong but I thought 68+ got the single piston caliper which would require a matching spindle. Either way the 68 spindle will fit your 66 FWIW I have 76 Granada spindles in mine. And @Huskinhano has I think? 70 spindles on his 66


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I could be wrong but I thought 68+ got the single piston caliper which would require a matching spindle. Either way the 68 spindle will fit your 66 FWIW I have 76 Granada spindles in mine. And @Huskinhano has I think? 70 spindles on his 66


If putting 68 spindles on the 66 is not that big of an issue, I will just make life easy and do that.


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If putting 68 spindles on the 66 is not that big of an issue, I will just make life easy and do that.


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you can certainly do that with no issues, but the kit fits all drum brakes spindles from 65/66(V8 spindles)-69(all) again with no issues. i just suggested getting the spindles as well in case your 66 spindles had any issues, you could use the 68 spindles instead, and if not you have a set of spindles you can either use for another project like say a 66 or earlier six cylinder car that you want to upgrade to five lug disc brakes for instance. or you can sell the spindles to someone with a six cylinder car that needs a spindle upgrade.

one reason why i bought a pair of 70 spindles recently, to upgrade the spindles on my 66, as well as my 64 falcon.
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If they're SSBC 4-piston calipers then the '68 spindles are most likely drum spindles in which case use your '66 spindles and sell the '68's..
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If they're SSBC 4-piston calipers then the '68 spindles are most likely drum spindles in which case use your '66 spindles and sell the '68's..
Yes indeed.

SSBC 4 piston setup will bolt on the 66 "drum Brake" spindles exactly same bolt pattern as the 68 "Drum Brake" spindles.
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Yes indeed.



SSBC 4 piston setup will bolt on the 66 "drum Brake" spindles exactly same bolt pattern as the 68 "Drum Brake" spindles.


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Ditto, the SSBC are the 4 piston disc brakes that were designed to bolt onto drum spindles. It's a whole lot easier to bolt this kit on a 68 with drums then to do the actual 68 disc brakes on a 68 which would require different spindles and inferior disc brakes

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Guess I learned something,But somebody correct me if I'm wrong a 68 OE would of had single piston calipers ,yes?


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one reason why i bought a pair of 70 spindles recently, to upgrade the spindles on my 66, as well as my 64 falcon.
FYI, I was always hearing the geometry was different as far as the angle of the tie rod arm angles. Everyone who told me they were different could not give me hard information. I was discussing this with dobrostang. So I went out in my barn and dragged out my old 66 spindles that had the drums and a set of 71 spindles with drums. Luckily both had the same finned drums which made it easier for a quick measurement. What I can pass along. The 65/66 have .500" more offset horizontally. The 67 & later are angled in 3/8" more and are about 3/8" to 1/2" shorter then the 65/66 spindles. It was easier for me to measure the angle difference because I was able to place a straight edge on two points on the drums for a more accurate reading. The length, I was more eye balling it the best I could with a tape measure. Let's split it and say 7/16".
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