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Author:  krlindquist [ Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:29 am ]
Post subject:  55 Firedome Disc Brake Conversion

I'm back working on my 1955 DeSoto Firedome. I bought it back in 1995 at the ripe age of 15 and at the time, was the youngest car owning member of the National DeSoto Club. 22 years later, I still have the car and love it.

I'm now going through it, as it sat for a few years, and need to update the brakes. I'm going to replace all of the wheel cylinders and master, but have been contemplating putting on a front disc conversion from AAJ. Has anyone had an experience with the kit? Is it really just a bold on with no modifications?

Thanks,

Kris

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Author:  MarkKubancik [ Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 55 Firedome Disc Brake Conversion

Kris,

I'm the '55 Model Year Coordinator but have no experience or feedback on the disc brake conversion kit you describe. I like to live dangerously and still run the single master drum brakes on my '55.

Mark

Author:  krlindquist [ Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 55 Firedome Disc Brake Conversion

Thanks Mark, after digging in more, I'm going to stick with my drums for now. However, after losing my breaks a number of years back I am looking at outing on a dual bowl master cylinder. Do you know what master other's have used?

Author:  MarkKubancik [ Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 55 Firedome Disc Brake Conversion

Off hand, no, I do not know what dual master is a good fit. Articles or posts I recall reading used a mid-'70's Dodge (model unknown) dual master that was a good fit.

Remember to ensure your hand brake is in proper adjustment. The drum type hand brake on the '55 can and will stop your car if at moderate speed. I speak from experience.

Mark

Author:  billranshaw [ Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 55 Firedome Disc Brake Conversion

I think there are 2 any versions, one for original rims and one for larger wheels.
I elected to retain the original wheels. This kit required extensive grinding on the part where the kingpin is. I only did the front. Works fine. In retrospect I should have gone with the kit for the larger wheel.

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