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Muscle Car Brake Upgrades: How to Design, Select, and Install

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Details how to select, install, and calibrate high-performance aftermarket brake systems specifically for your classic muscle car.

Other brake system books cover all cars and all applications, but this book is dedicated to muscle cars only! With this volume, you can follow detailed, thorough, step-by-step procedures to install systems on a variety of popular muscle cars from Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. As a result, you will have a car with brakes on par with the handling and horsepower of modified cars today.

Many 1960s and 1970s muscle cars still carry the outdated and rudimentary OEM drum or underpowered stock disc/drum brake systems. These hinder handling agility and stopping performance, and they are a subpar safety system. Muscle cars are meant to be driven aggressively, and the brake system needs to match the performance of the drivetrain.

The fundamentals of system design, operation, and component function are clearly explained so you understand all principles, equipment, and available kits. With this knowledge, you can select the best brake system for your car and application. However, selecting the right equipment is just the first step. This book delivers detailed step-by-step instructions and photos so you can confidently install an aftermarket high-performance brake system, such as a kit from Wilwood, Baer, CCP, and others on a variety of muscle cars. Covered are aftermarket brake conversions for factory size 14- to 15-inch wheels as well as installs for 16- to 20-inch wheels. You are shown how to select individual components and install master cylinders, steel-braided brake lines, calipers, rotors, and proportioning valves. Whether you're driving a high-performance street, Pro Touring, autocross, drag racing, or road racing car, these brake system installs dramatically increase performance and safety.

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Details how to select, install, and calibrate high-performance aftermarket brake systems specifically for your classic muscle car.

Other brake system books cover all cars and all applications, but this book is dedicated to muscle cars only! With this volume, you can follow detailed, thorough, step-by-step procedures to install systems on a variety of popular muscle cars from Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. As a result, you will have a car with brakes on par with the handling and horsepower of modified cars today.

Many 1960s and 1970s muscle cars still carry the outdated and rudimentary OEM drum or underpowered stock disc/drum brake systems. These hinder handling agility and stopping performance, and they are a subpar safety system. Muscle cars are meant to be driven aggressively, and the brake system needs to match the performance of the drivetrain.

The fundamentals of system design, operation, and component function are clearly explained so you understand all principles, equipment, and available kits. With this knowledge, you can select the best brake system for your car and application. However, selecting the right equipment is just the first step. This book delivers detailed step-by-step instructions and photos so you can confidently install an aftermarket high-performance brake system, such as a kit from Wilwood, Baer, CCP, and others on a variety of muscle cars. Covered are aftermarket brake conversions for factory size 14- to 15-inch wheels as well as installs for 16- to 20-inch wheels. You are shown how to select individual components and install master cylinders, steel-braided brake lines, calipers, rotors, and proportioning valves. Whether you're driving a high-performance street, Pro Touring, autocross, drag racing, or road racing car, these brake system installs dramatically increase performance and safety.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 332 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613252710
Product Code : SA371

Dedication 

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Muscle Cars and Brakes 

A Brief History of Muscle Cars 

Theory of Braking Systems 

Stability, Steering, and Stopping Distance 

Engineering Details of Braking Performance 

Force Conversions 

How Upgrades Affect Vehicle Performance 

Modern Braking Performance Versus High Performance 

 

Chapter 2: Components and Their Functions 

Brake Pedal and Assembly 

Brake Fluid and Hydraulics 

Master Cylinder 

Power Assist 

Brake Lines 

Brake Valves 

Residual Valves 

Types of Automotive Hydraulic Brakes 

Drum Brakes 

Disc Brakes 

Brake Lining Materials 

Parking Brake 

Brake Light Switches 

 

Chapter 3: General Brake Upgrade Overview 

OEM Conversions 

Aftermarket Conversions 

Wheel Fit and Tires 

Caliper Types 

Brake Rotor Choices 

Application Selection 

Power or Manual Brakes 

Creating Braking Force with Calipers and Master Cylinders 

Research 

The Final Selection 

 

Chapter 4: GM Brake Conversion: Budget-Friendly Upgrade 

Beat the Drums 

Discs 

Rotors 

Calipers 

Brake Pads 

Rear Disc Upgrades 

Rear Brake Install 

Front Brake Install

 

Chapter 5: Ford Disc Brake Conversion: Street/Strip Upgrade 

Vehicle Interchanges/Crossovers 

Grenada Front Brake Swap on Mustang 

Ford Disc Brake Calipers 

OEM-Style Front Rotors 

OEM Master Cylinders, Power Units, Proportioning Valves 

Aftermarket Conversions 

High-Performance 1968 Ford Torino Big Brake Upgrade 

Rear Axle Brake Kit

 

Chapter 6: Mopar Brake Conversion: Pro Touring Upgrade 

Chrysler’s Muscle Car Brake Systems 

The Baer Brakes Upgrade 

The Rear Brake System 

Don’t Forget the Master Cylinder 

 

Chapter 7: Picking a System and Getting It Done 

Deciding on Your Brake System 

Research Options 

Developing and Executing a Build Strategy 

Routine After-Assembly Test 

Breaking in the Brake Pads and Rotors 

Post Bedding-In Inspection 

The Last Word 

 

Source Guide 

Muscle Car Brake Upgrades: How to Design, Select, and Install

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