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Shawn Kelly 21 months ago
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Has anybody ever used the bracket kit from scarebird classics? If so any extra hints I need to know?  

thedude19661 21 months ago
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If your looking for a disk brake conversion kit go to abspowerbrake or opgi. they have drop on kits for cadillacs.
"EZ" 21 months ago
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Scarebird make a fine disc brake kit. They will give you a list of parts to buy at the local parts store to complete the conversion. I can't remember, can you use your original drum brake wheels with their kit?

"EZ" 21 months ago
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Use your original 1966 drum brake spindle
1969 disc brake bracket
1969 backing plate
1969 calipers & pads
1969 bearings
1969 booster & master Cylinder (other options available)
1969 proportioning valve (adjustable available from Jegs or Summitt)
1972 1 piece rotors (about $100 ea. cheaper than 1968-69-70-71 one piece rotors!
1972 grease seals
1969 & up disc brake front wheels

Everything is available at the parts store except the disc brake bracket, backing plate and wheels.
Those will be salvage yard pieces.  Everything bolts up like it belongs.  It's an EZ conversion.  The
reason you use '72 1 piece rotors rather than the '69-'71 2 piece rotors is that they are  a LOT cheaper!!!

Hope this helps!

"EZ"
jay 21 months ago
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ez, do u need a backing plate for the front conversion. i got my conversion from ABS in california and they said that you dont need a backing plate. i was concerned with their kit being held together by ony four bolts and screws @ the bottom of the spindle and nothing actually holding the bracket @ the top, it just look weird 
tomgorski 21 months ago
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Jay I used Scarebird and had no problems with it at all NAPA had all the other parts I needed except proporsioning valve. Was really easy to do
tomgorski 21 months ago
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sorry Shawn I thought Jay asked but the same answer goes for you
Shawn Kelly 21 months ago
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I've ordered the caliper bracket kit.  it seemed to be the most economical way to go. And the easiest for future maintenance.  I love the idea of being able to get the parts from the local jobber any given day.
"EZ" 21 months ago
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Jay,

The backing plate is basically just a dust shield.  Get it if you can but if you don't it's not the end of the world.  Does anybody know if you can use your drum brake wheels with the Scarebird kit?

Shawn Kelly 21 months ago
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no you have to use a different rim unfortunately

jay 21 months ago
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sorry to keep sounding like a broken record, but ABS kit you can use ur drum brake wheels
"EZ" 21 months ago
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Jay, How much is the ABS kit?  Someone told me it was like $1100 or something close?????
jay 21 months ago
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yeah ez thats including shipping, its a good kit i think and the install was effortless
Shawn Kelly 20 months ago
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yeah the scarebird option is a hell of alot cheaper and plus all replacement parts such as pads, rotors etc are all available at any local jobber with out special order 

"EZ" 20 months ago
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But for people that want to use their original drum brake wheels so they can keep their original hub caps the ABS brake option is a good alternative.  If you do the "junk yard method" like I did or use a Scarebird kit you MUST change your front wheels to a later model Cadillac disc brake wheel or an aftermarket wheel.  This was no big deal to me because I planned to use aftermarket wheels anyway but for the person wanting to update to modern disc brakes but wants to keep the original "restored" look then they will have to go with the ABS kit or one similar.  And just so you know, our 1966 hubcaps WILL NOT fit on 1969 and up disc brake Cadillac steel wheels.  The lip is made totally different.
Shawn Kelly 20 months ago
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I'm not an OEM all original kind of guy.  As long as its safe, reliable and economical.  I do realize that some folks will pick apart my rides at the shows (they do all the time with my 36 ford pick up)  but the way i look at it is I saved all my cars from the shredder.
"EZ" 20 months ago
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Hehehehehe. I know what you mean Shawn.  None of my cars are all original either.  I modify everything!!!!  LOL.

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