Driving a vintage Mustang every day is usually a pleasant experience, for the most part. You receive smiles, waves, and "nice car" comments from passersby. And let's not forget the feeling of a vintage Mustang acting like a time machine of sorts, as you tool down the road to work, or the simplicity of knowing that the mechanics propelling you down the road can be fixed with basic handtools. Unfortunately, there is a price for driving a vintage Mustang every day. The constant threat of accidents, poor handling in bad weather, and borderline safe brakes are all vying for the top of the list. As more people have dropped the show circuit for driving pleasure, the aftermarket industry has thrived with upgrades and safety improvements for these vintage Mustangs.
Now you can easily drive a vintage Mustang with four-wheel power disc brakes, automatic overdrive transmission, three-point seatbelts, headrests, power windows, and more. That is, of course, if you have a V-8. Although the interior upgrades aren't powertrain-specific, other upgrades are.
Previously, if you wanted disc brakes on your 170ci or 200ci six-cylinder, you had to install V-8 spindles, then convert to a V-8 disc brake setup--which would give you a five-lug wheel on the front and a four-lug wheel on the back (unless you spent more money to convert that as well). But what if you wanted a simple disc brake conversion that retained the six-cylinder's four-lug pattern and fit behind the stock wheels? Finally, Stainless Steel Brakes has your answer. SSB's new disc brake conversion kit for six-cylinder Mustangs uses its own rotor with a modified GM caliper for a bolt-on conversion that requires no cutting or fabrication. The kit can be purchased in either manual or power forms and includes the safety of a dual-reservoir master cylinder. How can you beat that? We installed an early-prototype system on a '65 six-cylinder Mustang to see the results for ourselves. The system felt surefooted, and braking felt modern.
Read on as we install this kit for the first time and see what's what with SSB's latest brake kit.