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Basic Brake Kit 1978-88 GM Caliper to Early Ford Spindles

Specs
Centerline of Holes:
5.50
Material Type:
Steel
Sold in Quantity:
Each
Finish:
Natural
Thread Pitch:
7/16"-20
Bolt Hole Pattern:
4 on 4.63"
Hardware Included:
Yes
Garage Sale:
No
Notes
Includes brackets, hardware, seals, inner bearing cups and cones, and spacers.
Basic Brake Kit 1978-88 GM Caliper to Early Ford SpindlesBasic Brake Kit 1978-88 GM Caliper to Early Ford Spindles
Basic Brake Kit 1978-88 GM Caliper to Early Ford Spindles

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Watch the video below to learn how to correctly measure your wheel bolt pattern.

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Easily installs 11" rotors and the 1978-up GM Metric calipers to your 1937-48 Ford passenger car spindles. No machine work needed. Please see below for suggested 1973-77 GM type 11" brake rotor part #'s required.

Kit Includes:
  • GM to Ford brake brackets
  • 1978-Up hardware
  • Bearing and seal adapters
  • Seals
  • Inner bearing cups
  • Inner bearing cones
  • Spacers
  • Instructions
  • Does not include dust caps, washers or spindle nuts

This kit works well with bolt-on steering arms. The 11" rotor brake kits are great for Street Rods based on 1932-48 Fords. However, for or a T bucket or early roadster, you might consider the Wilwood kits shown below.

702-4475 Instructions (PDF)

Item Details

1978-Up GM Caliper to Early Ford Spindles

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1973-1977 GM rotor redrilled to the 5 x 4-1/2" Ford bolt pattern. To be used with our #7024475 GM metric caliper adapter kit for disc brakes on a 1937-1948 Ford car spindle. Very common rotor to use as a conversion rotor. Has 1/2" fine wheel studs.

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Speedway soft brake pad for GM Metric 1978-Up.

Sold as one set of 4 (ST); outfits two calipers.

Tech Tip: You can fine tune your car's brake system by selecting different compounds for the front and rear, or side to side.

Tech Tip:  Only use full metallic pads on coated rotors.

Brake Pad Brand Guide (Link) 

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Spindle Identification Guide (GIF)

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  • IMCA approved
  • No core charge required
  • 7/16"-20 inlet
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For use with our '37-'48 Ford style spindles, steering arms, and brake brackets. 

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