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    Luke Skywalker RAC68's Avatar
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    Disk Replacement for Rear Drums

    Hi All,

    I appreciate that this has been discussed many times, however, I would like to bring it gain the latest experiences in response to a Healey friend's decision to implement rear disks as the last major step in his restoration. Intending to use his 1967 BJ8 as a daily driver and not being a Healey purest, he has rebuilt the engine and installed a 5-speed with a 3.54 rear. Additionally, he has rebuilt the suspension and front Girling disks and now wants to implement rear disks to improve breaking and eliminate the need to address scuttle-shake drum balancing.

    Since he is quite mechanically able, any approach that is best and imposes the least cost with good results (installing a kit or acquiring and assembling parts) would be OK. I also understand from the previous discussions that there is a possibility that, in some implementations, the implementation of a hand brake may not be possible.

    Thanks all,

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    Re: Disk Replacement for Rear Drums

    With my kit, the handbrake is not only possible, but easy (for the mechanically inclined) to do and provides a better lever angle than the drums did.
    Larger discs for better looks & more complete than Denis Welch or Cape implementations. Handbrake mods are bolt-on and do not require cutting & welding of the stock brake setup as theirs do.
    For more info, send me a PM.

    Steve Gerow
    Altadena, CA, USA
    Maker of most complete Big Healey rear disc kit
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