Whenever we begin a new vintage project, one of our first concerns is decent brakes, especially on a vintage Mustang or Ford that originally came with all-wheel drums. In the day-to-day hustle of modern traffic, the last thing we want is to be found lacking in the stopping department. While drum brakes work well on the rear and offer superior holding power for the emergency brake, they can be a real handful when the drums are located all around.
Problems associated with drum brakes include high pedal effort and heat buildup, with resulting fade. Front drum brakes can also give unpredictable performance from one side of the car to the other, especially in wet weather. Add higher freeway speeds into the equation and you could be in for a real thrill ride.
On many 60s cars, disc brakes werent available even as an option. The majority of Mustangs came with four-wheel drum brakes. However, front disc brakes were available as an option or as part of the GT Equipment Group, which put the newly introduced Mustang near the cutting edge of OEM braking performance. The front disc brakes offered for the Mustang were a four-piston-per-caliper arrangement that represented a state-of-the-art package at the time. These four-piston calipers have withstood the test of time and are still a great braking arrangement for early Mustangs and other Fords.
For our project 67 Fairlane, we knew we would be needing brake improvement for both street use and for hauling down at the end of a 1,320 run. We spoke to Auto Krafters to see what they would recommend, and the result was a Stainless Steel Brakes front disc brake kit for the 67 Mustang. Featuring the four-pistons-per-caliper arrangement, the kit was a direct transfer to the 67 Fairlane, and it bolted right onto our car with no modifications required. Follow along with us as we journey out to Windsor-Fox Performance Engineering for the installation, and well show you just whats involved in getting your vintage car to stop with the best.