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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper2011 View Post
    Off topic, but can you elaborate on the disc brake conversion?
    I turned down the Stude hubs to fit inside the Mustang rotor and fitted the Mustang studs to them with .020 wall tubing spacers. The Mustang Studs are longer and have a sholder to locate the rotor. I also added an aluminum ring to the snout of the hub to make the wheels "hubcentric" instead of "lugcentric", but that has nothing to do with the brakes.
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    Made this caliper mount from 3/8" steel plate:
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    Bolted it in place of the drum brake backing plate, slid the rotors on and bolted on the calipers.

    I did the same for the rear. The adapter is almost identical except for the mounting holes, but the caliper needs some shimming off the adapter plate to compensate for axle shims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bensherb View Post
    I turned down the Stude hubs to fit inside the Mustang rotor and fitted the Mustang studs to them with .020 wall tubing spacers. The Mustang Studs are longer and have a sholder to locate the rotor. I also added an aluminum ring to the snout of the hub to make the wheels "hubcentric" instead of "lugcentric", but that has nothing to do with the brakes.
    20170813_020313.jpg

    Made this caliper mount from 3/8" steel plate:
    20171003_160119.jpg20170902_001220.jpg

    Bolted it in place of the drum brake backing plate, slid the rotors on and bolted on the calipers.

    I did the same for the rear. The adapter is almost identical except for the mounting holes, but the caliper needs some shimming off the adapter plate to compensate for axle shims.

    Wow, thanks. PM sent.

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    Would enlarging the rotor hole work the same as turning down the Stude hub?
    you should start mass producing the adapter plates!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chartrain View Post
    Would enlarging the rotor hole work the same as turning down the Stude hub?
    you should start mass producing the adapter plates!
    Yes, I would buy that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chartrain View Post
    Would enlarging the rotor hole work the same as turning down the Stude hub?
    Yes, but the standard rotor, that wil fit inside a 15" wheel isn't thick enough to take anything out of. If you want to use 17" wheels the 13" rotor from the Mustang cobra will slip right on. Not sure if bracket would need to be modified to move caliper or not. The Cobra caliper is slightly different.

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    Here are my new Coker 215/70R15. They did cost an arm and a leg however, I see them as not just a tire to drive around on but an accessory that makes the car look better. Costs were: $912 with shipping, plus $140 for mounting, balancing and valve stems. Total cost $1,052. I plan on replacing them every six years, so that makes my monthly cost of these good looking and safe tires to be $14.61 a month. Totally worth it in my humble opinion.
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    $1052 wow! That's what it cost me to put tires on 3 cars and my truck plus replace a truck tire when a valve stem broke on the freeway, and have enough left over for lunch. And they call Studebaker owners CASO! Not from where I stand.

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