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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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66 coupe front disc brakes installed

I just finished installing SSBS front disc brakes on our 66. It was straightforward and uncomplicated. I kept my Timken bearings instead of using the kit bearings. I routed the brake line behind the spindle upper link. Should I have routed it differently? It did not bind from full left to full right.
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Excuse me. SSBC brake kit.
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I'm not sure if it will be okay with the suspension traveling up and down at the same time as side to side

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Different components but same problem. I had to fabricate a bracket to keep my brake line out of harms way. I ran my car lock to lock on the steering with the springs removed from full compression to full drop to find any possible interference issues. Serious stuff them brakes are!
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Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m doing the same this weekend on my 66 coupe. Also using SSBC, but my caliper looks a little different than yours, at least the pad retainers anyway. One question, were you able to use standard 14” Styled Steel wheels or did you go for a 15”?
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I have standard 14" SS wheels with K/H calipers and SSBC / Ford components. The SSBC 4-piston calipers are almost identical to K/H calipers.

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Glad your SSBC kit worked out. I did a rear disc conversion with SSBC and it was a month long PITA

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Glad your SSBC kit worked out. I did a rear disc conversion with SSBC and it was a month long PITA
How so? I only did the front conversion to OE style disc. The benefits of going disc in the rear weren't enough to warrant the expense and I was trying to keep mine stock, or as-factory-available.
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How so? I only did the front conversion to OE style disc. The benefits of going disc in the rear weren't enough to warrant the expense and I was trying to keep mine stock, or as-factory-available.
I wanted discs all around for peace of mind. The rear disc brake kit from SSBC was a royal pain because it involved a lot more than what was suggested by CJ's. Despite confirming I wouldn't need an adjustable universal parking brake with CJ support, I still had to end up getting one. Needless to say, I'm using NPD for most of my stuff now. Even then, the parking brake is not very effective- the caliper to cable angle is just too great. Also, the calipers were rubbing on the inside of my stock wheels so I had to buy some spacers, and it's a whole mess I'm still sorting out. I hope you have better luck!

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The standard 14" wheel will clear the front disc brake caliper. IT WILL NOT WORK WITH THE REAR DISC BRAKE KIT. Before I bought the disc brakes for all 4 wheels, I couldn't get SSBC to commit on whether it would clear a stock 5 lug 14" wheel. It will not. It just barely rubs on the outside of the caliper with the interior wheel rivets and the metal next to them. The front disc conversion was straightforward and uncomplicated.
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I didn't. I really don't want to use spacers to clear the rear caliper. Keeping that shim in place while I bolted up the mounting plates was a real stinker. My stock 14" 5 lug ford rim will not fit the rear calipers.
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I had no luck with the SSBC rear disc kit on my '66. No way to connect the parking brake cables using their hardware. I ended up making a bracket to get the parking brake mechanism to work, but even then it didn't work very well. I gave up and got a Wilwood kit, a well made, quality kit, head and shoulders above SSBC.
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14" stock wheels cleared. They will not clear the rear disc brakes though.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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14" stock 5 lug wheel with the rear SSBC disc installed. Rim has been spaced our 1/2". You can't get a pencil in between there. Needless to say it was a choice. About a grand for new tires and rims, or restore the rear drum brakes and keep the front discs. For now I'm going with drums and discs. We just bought new tires and I can't see shelving them. Since I've installed the rear discs, I'm going to have to put them aside and write it up to experience.
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