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Every part we use is carefully chosen as if we were going to install it on our own cars. Since we started in 1983 we've said, "If we can't be proud of it, we won't sell it."
Each brake conversion kit we sell is designed and engineered to fit a specific vehicle and application. Every step is taken to make your conversion as much of a bolt-on as possible.
Making your installation easy really matters to us. We supply components that match the application, pre-assemble as much as possible and package everything carefully and in an organized manner while providing you with clear, concise instructions.
Individual hobbyist customers and dealer/installers praise our ability to listen and determine the best solution for each project. Have an issue or question? Or simply want to review an installation guide? Just call. We'd love to help.
1949 Ford Custom Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - Legend Series
Legend Series: Our most cost effective option - The Master Power Brakes Legend Series is a complete brake system to upgrade your drum brakes to the reliability and performance of disc brakes. These kits consist of OEM style cast-iron calipers and vented rotors. The Legend Series is our most cost effective kit and a great upgrade to your classic vehicle. Installation is a weekend project that will pay dividends for years to come.
Looking for a simple, straight-forward brake upgrade for your 1949 Ford Custom? Look no further. If you can remove the original drum brake assembly from the spindle, you can install our disc brake conversion kit. Once the drum assembly is removed, everything assembles on the spindle without removing it from the vehicle. Assemble and bleed, that is all that is necessary.
All of our primary caliper mounting brackets are manufactured from 3/8” thick steel. We could go with a thinner material to keep costs down but let’s face it, we are dealing with brakes. After the brackets are manufactured, we have them coated with a finish that keeps the brackets from rusting - providing your classic 1949 Custom years of good looks and no rust.
When you receive a Legend Series brake kit, you get everything necessary to install the kit on your 1949 Ford Custom. Every part from the dust caps to the flexible brake hoses and everything in between. If you purchase a power kit, you get the booster/master combination and a combination valve. Go with a manual kit and get the master cylinder and push rod along with the combination valve.
You have decided to upgrade your classic '49 Custom to disc brakes. Don’t cut corners with kits that use remanufactured brake components. Everything in our kits is all brand new. We only use the best available, new components when assembling our kits.
We engineer our brake systems with serviceability and routine maintenance of your '49 Ford Custom in mind. From a simple brake pad replacement to a complete overhaul, you’ll are able to find the parts you need at your local auto parts store. This way you can keep your car where it belongs, on the road.
Please Note: The contents of your conversion kit are tied to your car's specific application type as selected above.
Disc Brake Conversion Kit (Kit #DB1504B)
- Calipers w/ 2-1/2" Pistons
- Brake Pads
- 11" Vented Rotors
- Caliper Brackets
- Wheel Bearings
- Grease Seals
- Grade 8 Hardware
- Spindle Nuts & Washers
- Dust Caps
- Brake Hoses w/ Banjo Bolts & Crush Washers
Why are disc brakes better than drum brakes?
Disc brakes are not subject to fade from heat or water. Disc brakes do not drift out of adjustment.
What kind of brake fluid should I use?
DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid is recommended. DOT 5 or silicone brake fluid should not be used.
Does my new master cylinder need to be bench bled?
Yes, any time a new master cylinder is being installed it will have to be bench bled.
How much vacuum do I need for a power brake system?
You will need to have 18" Hg with the car at idle.
I just purchased a power disc brake conversion kit. Is the booster pin already set for my master cylinder?
All of the power disc brake conversion kits and booster / master cylinder kits we sell have the booster pin correctly set for the master cylinder.
What is a combination valve?
A combination valve incorporates metering and proportioning into one valve providing all necessary valving for disc/drum systems.
What are residual valves?
Residual valves maintain pressure on the brake lines. These are used for under-the-floor master cylinder brake systems. They are available in two versions, 2 lb. for disc brakes and 10 lb. for drum brakes.
Please Note:Must use 15" or larger wheels with this kit.Included with all brake kits are clear, precise instructions with illustration and photos to help ease your installation. If you need information about installation requirements or situations specific to your vehicle, call us in advance of purchasing with specific questions regarding your vehicle.
We are even happy to email you installation instructions before you buy equipment. Just call and ask your sales/service rep.