Converting Your Classic Mustang to Disc Brakes

As much as we all love our classic Mustangs I have to admit that I’ve become spoiled by modern power disc brakes. The old manual drum brakes of 40 years ago just don’t seem to cut it anymore. So, what choices do you have. There are certainly plenty of choices out there, everything from the big brake kits with huge rotors and multiple piston calipers to very straight forward “I just want my car to stop really well” brake conversions. But be sure of one thing! Not all kits are created equal!

Here are four hard and fast rules that you need to keep in mind when you are shopping for a brake conversion:

1. If you have to change your spindles, look elsewhere.

2. If you have to change your tie rod ends, keep looking.

3. If you have to change or modify your brake pedal, that’s not the right kit for you.

4. Can you buy replacement wear parts from local sources? If not you should move on.

There are kits out there that are made to fit your car, if you are doing any of the above you are adapting a generic kit to your car.

You can tell a well designed kit by how it installs. I good kit will bolt right on to your current spindles without replacing or modifying them. Using all new bearings and seals installations like this are a snap. The master booster combination is key! Why would you want to go through the expense and frustration of modifying your brake pedal? Quality kits are available for use with manual or automatic transmission cars. Those kits bolt directly on to your firewall and your brake pedal.

Cross drilled and slotted rotors, the truth is I have them on my car. Do I really need them? Nope. I just think they look cool. I don’t do any high performance driving and I’m pretty good about not riding my brake pedal. So, if you’re not over heating your brakes they really may not be needed. But, like me you may just like the way the look. In that case what the heck. In most cases the same goes for multiple piston calipers. If think about it how many modern cars have multiple piston calipers? A very small percentage. Admittedly on my 98 Mustang I do have the Cobra multiple piston calipers, again mostly for looks but on my 66 I opted for the single piston “I just want to stop really well” version.

Next I guess we should talk about powder coating the calipers. For me this is much less optional. I want my calipers to look good and be protected. I’ve tried painting them but I really haven’t had much luck at that. After a short time they are chipped up, paint peeling, etc.. I don’t want to take the time to do that job over and over again. Now that powder coating is available for most calipers and it is relatively inexpensive it is a good choice for me personally.

If you have any questions about disc brake conversions I am glad to help [email protected].

Classic Yachts That Give You an Eyegasm

You can see a lot of people getting obsessed about buying and restoring classic cars all around the world. They just have a knack for owning one and driving along the road and catching everyone’s attention. This is so common that sometimes you don’t even want to pay attention anymore.

If you are a person seeking for a unique way to spend your free time, then you can try spending that free time growing your interest in classic yachts. Classic motor yachts lovers are typically involved in yacht restorations but it isn’t as common as those who do classic cars, because unlike collecting classic cars, no two classic yachts are the same. No two classic motor yachts have the same name. It is one unique thing that you can collect which others cannot have at the same time as you.

People always say that the best things in life are free. This isn’t applicable to all situations at all. There are existing wonderful things in life that could cost you a lot before you get it, like a classic motor yacht. Successful people who want to retire from their jobs and fulfill their dream of traveling around the world want to buy a yacht for themselves. Yachts are very attractive and it gives the owner a feeling of having a certain stature.

Yachts are one of the most beautiful man-made things on earth. They contain a high level of beauty and luxury in mind. When you find the perfect yacht for you, it can make you feel like you have found the perfect house for your family.

New yachts are available on the market with the latest sea vessels technology available. But where’s the thrill in that? Choosing your ideal classic yacht and finding it may take you a long time to complete. But it makes you feel like you’re on a mission. And when you finally found your dream classic motor yacht, you will get that sense of fulfillment.

The classic yacht that you found can sometimes be in bad shape when you acquire it. But if you have the budget to restore it, this will lead to a bond between you and your classic motor yacht. Plus, you can include in your classic yacht restoration whatever modern-day vessels have anytime you want. Then you will have a unique yacht; a classic yacht on the inside, a futuristic one on the inside. Of course this is just one option you can do with your classic yacht during the restoration process. What’s important is, during the time of restoration, you can add your personal touch while rebuilding the yacht; it gives more unique quality to your chosen classic yacht.

Classic Car Restoration – Reputation Is King

I spend a lot of time talking about the restoration of your cars, and instructing you how to do it so you can save money, and not have to let your car rot in the elements of the weather, but in this article I’m going to turn the corner, and chat about how you can locate a good shop to do the work for you.

If you’d like to take your car to a shop to get it restored, but you just don’t know where to start, I’m going to try to help you with your hunt for a good shop, and with that we’ll start with the shop’s reputation in the industry, now obviously the shop owner will always brag up his own shop.

So now that you have located a shop, how do you know that they do the kind of high quality work that you want on your car, if your actually at the shop, one of the first things you should do is ask the owner for a list of references of customer that have had car worked on by them, most reputable shops will be glad to provide you with a list of references.

If the shop doesn’t want to provide you with the list of customer references, that should turn on a big giant red line for you, but references aren’t the whole picture, take a tour of the shop, and look at the work being done at that particular shop, ask the owner if they have ever restored your particular car.

Look at how they keep the shop, is it clean, neat, and tidy, a real shop should always look the part, obviously where their doing work on the cars, the shop will be dirty, and that just means that the shop is busy, this is a sign that they do good work also, usually good shops are always busy, with projects that re in the shop, and project that are waiting to get in the shop.

Have the owner of the shop show you some pictures of cars that his shop has restored in the past, an owner should be proud of his shop, he should love it, and he should let a potential customer know how proud he is of his shop, and the work that has been done there, but by all rights should not be cocky about it.

The owner should love old cars, and a restoration should not seem like a hardship for him, he should enjoy talking to you about your car, he should be in touch with the car community in his city, he should welcome your business, and love your car, as not just another job, but as if it were his own car, and should pour his shop’s heart and soul in to the car.

Most shops don’t do estimates on restoration work, because they are in business to make money, and promote their shops reputation, in most cases a shop would have you sign a contract to restore your car, and this contract would tell you how payment is expected to be done by you on your car, and what is expected of the shop as far as the restoration of your car.

The contract should cover timely completion of the restoration project, the quality of work that the shop is to perform, it should cover added time for parts locating, if your car is difficult to locate parts for, you should read any contract very carefully before you sign it, if you have questions about it, ask the owner to explain what that area of the contract means.

Remember the contract should cover every aspect of what’s expected of you, and what the shop’s responsibilities are, this will make the entire job go smoother, this way the shop won’t be trying to squeeze you for extra money, and you won’t try to pull the wool over the shop’s eyes, a contract is a good way to do business with respect to a classic car restoration.