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Old 05-19-2012, 05:25 AM
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Disk brake conversion

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I know its been covered by all the forum and write ups etc. I've been looking around today and found that I can't seem to source a used 76-78 Caddi Eldorado rear caliper with a park brake provision, with a manual it is necessary. I can get them new, but they are about $320 dollars or so which is a bit high.


Why is it that I couldn't run an e-series van rotor, with hydroboost setup and superduty calipers?

I'd assume that the parking brake issue would be the biggest, but I can source those for about $70 per, which isn't bad at all.
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you can not do that because no one else has done it.
according to modification laws, you must use caddy calipers, because that is all that anyone uses.

the only problem i see with the all ford setup is making caliper mounts.
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The SD caliper doesn't have the e brake provision. you could probably get the e brake assembly to work but would take a decent amount of fabbing. An AAM axle from newer Chevy's or a Dana 80 would a cheaper easier solution. And parts are easier.
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ford superduty pickups after 99 rear disc brakes have a small drum brake in the rotor.
i am not sure if the vans have rear disc or drum brakes though
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Ford Sterling Disc Brake Bracket 84-94 - RuffStuff Specialties

this is what im gonna run
with a micro lock

Brake Locks
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Great. My idea was to use the ruffstuff bracket, sd calipers (as they are dual piston), van rotors, and then either a tcase brake or a line lock.
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i think the ruff stuff kit uses chevy calipers
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Ruffstuff sounds good. I used 2670 but they have really gotten expensive.
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...a park brake provision, with a manual it is necessary...
LOL, if you say so.

I haven't bothered to fix mine since the manual transmission swap.
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Hey guys,

So I've spent all my time looking over these threads again.

It appears that I could swap in a superduty axle front and rear. Should I choose to use this option and they have all the hardware and I bought 8x170 wheels it would be a swap and go with parking brake?

What exactly is it that makes a van or superduty park brake not work when I swap the associated rotors, calipers etc over? Basically how much of my stock park brake assembly can I use?
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So I found a guy who has all the parts from an eseries van, flange, park brake assembly, rotors, calipers etc. So given that the flange is already off the Dana 60 van axle it would appear that I would simply remove the flange from my axle and grind everything smooth and then slip the van flange on, weld and go? Or is the flange between axles a different size and i would have to have the dana flange milled out to fit?
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That is what I was doing. I had a dude selling all the disc brake stuff I needed. I called them and he sold to someone else. So now I am trying to find what I need, but no junkyards want to part their axles.
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