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Early Econoline Disc Brakes!

The problem with this style of Blog style website is the cool stuff gets buried, I receive lots of questions about this conversion throughout the year so I’m bring it back up to the top.

Once upon a time I had a fast Econoline -and because of the OG drums I was running I would just plan my stops accordingly, every so often I would coast through or into an intersection while pulling up on the steering wheel, then one day BAM -I hit the backside of a Neon. When I looked around no one was making any disc brake kits -so I made my own. It’s a little cross pollination with some Japanese parts, but they came together amazingly smooth. I like to go fast and I want the option of stopping fast if required.

I’ve added the actual CAD drawing if you want to cut them out yourself -its a 3/8 steel plate. Just make sure all surfaces are clean and burr free. I’m sure if you are attempting this you are confident in your ability. this mod will also require you to adjust your steering stops if you have a front sway bar… I found that one out the hard way as well 🙂

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10 Responses to “Early Econoline Disc Brakes!”

  1. adolfo Says:
    October 1st, 2014 at 1:20 am

    i made a template for some to, but your look clean. if I can ask what breaks did you use and can I get the pattern for your bracket, if possible thanks.

  2. scott Says:
    January 10th, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Need to put disc on my aftermarket econoline axle. My spindles are more of a sideways H pattern.I dont know if the bolt pattern is the same as the ones in your pics. Can I buy from you or do you give the info for the parts purchase? THANKS

  3. Casey Fry Says:
    April 22nd, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    FYI, your name came up in the EconOline facebook page post, and folks want to know more about this… including myself.

  4. Stony Smith Says:
    April 22nd, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I found that 97 Integra type R had the same Ford bolt pattern, So I knocked the drums off the spindles and mounted the rotors to the spindles, once I had the Calipers mounted where I wanted them, the was a 3/8 difference -perfect, that allowed me to make a 3/8 plate with both bolt patterns -one for the spindle and one for the caliper carrier. The steering stops will need to be adjusted as the caliper will hit the bolt that attaches the sway bar to the beam, if you mount them behind the caliper will hit the shock. I used the Integra flex line and changed the steel line to a metric fitting. Then Obviously change the master and put the biggest booster you can in there…. Usually a 7″double Diaphragm

  5. Steve Noland Says:
    April 23rd, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Stony, are you willing to provide a template for the bracket you made? Awesome job you’ve done!


  6. Stony Smith Says:
    April 24th, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Presto! there you go (I added a picture to the Gallery) -may fast stops always be underfoot. You’ll have to chamfer the edges and relieve the plate where it fits on the spindle because of the radius -you’ll know it when you see it, just bolt the plate tight to the spindle. You will also have to tap the holes where the Caliper mounts to…

    DISCLAIMER: If you Crash and or Die because you made it out of plastic or used self tapping screws or something stupid it’s your fault…. I assume if your going to do this you’ll have the skills, tooling and brains to make it work -it is your brakes after all!

  7. Mark Leban Says:
    July 1st, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Stoney, could you name what application the booster and master cylinder came from for your econoline /integra disc conversion?

  8. Stony Smith Says:
    January 17th, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, I just modified the typical hotrod 7″ booster assembly and GM master.

  9. Bill Antalekjr Says:
    January 14th, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Hello, I have the sideways H pattern like Scott above. Anyone use this for that style spindle? Will 15 inch wheels bolt on without spacers? How much are the adapter plates?

  10. Stony Smith Says:
    January 17th, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Sounds like a different axle and spindle set up to me, I don’t think this would work for you as a “bolt on” if the pattern is different. Yes the Integra rotor is 11.1″ and with the caliper it will fit into a 15″ rim without issue.

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