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How-To: Shelby Rear Brake Trick on Early Mustangs
Get more stopping power with a rear drum brake upgrade that Carroll himself incorporated on 1966 G.T. 350s
There is no doubt that one of the most collectable and attractive cars ever made in the 1965-66 Mustang Shelby G.T. 350. Real ones get serious money these days, so a lot of people build clones out of lesser fastbacks (though, we give extra credit when the base car begins life as a K-code).
Jason White Restorations is currently creating a 1966 G.T. 350 clone and is taking extra pains to duplicate as many details of the originals as he can, no matter how small that detail. One of them is swapping out Mustang rear drums for a pair of larger Ford Fairlane station-wagon drums, exactly like Shelby-American did to the G.T. 350s originally. These drums fit larger brake shoes to generate about one-third greater stopping power.
It doesn’t matter if you’re building a clone or not, this Shelby trick works on any Mustang and at a very attractive price. Jason spent about $100 for the upgrade. Finding the brake drums and shoes is as easy as calling your favorite Mustang vendor like National Parts Depot, Scott Drake, and others.