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Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: CORPO] #709412
Thu Jan 06 2011 03:57 PM
Thu Jan 06 2011 03:57 PM
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RDomeck  Offline OP
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The first one I will machine. I do a lot of business with a machine shop that has many CNC machines and a laser cutter. Once I get the pieces figured out and made I will have them quote out making more!

The 3500HD's don't use a top hat design so the rotor has 5 bolt holes in it to attach to the original hub. I would like to use as many of the original parts as possible. It makes it cheaper to make and easier to install.


Randy Domeck
Indianapolis Fabrications
rdomeck@me.com
Indianapolis, In. 46254
317-258-0039

Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: RDomeck] #709628
Fri Jan 07 2011 03:23 AM
Fri Jan 07 2011 03:23 AM
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speed 6351  Offline
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Seems to me like,if you can pull it together for anything close to reasonable cost,it'd definitely have a good market. If you decide to offer a kit,I'd suggest making it an "as needed" operation,that way you won't need to keep a lot of parts stored,just build the kit after it's ordered. I have-let's see-two 2 Ton trucks that could benefit from that kit,the '57 with six lugs and the '54 with 5/10 lugs;the '54 2 ton especially,since it's geared for over 100 mph top end. big_eek
Speed
BTW-my "passive" research shows it'd cost me about 2 grand to do the "nice" disc conversion on my '57 half ton,and the whole truck is only worth about five hundred,so that ain't gonna happen. grin
Speed

Last edited by speed 6351; Fri Jan 07 2011 03:25 AM.

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Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: speed 6351] #709837
Fri Jan 07 2011 08:44 PM
Fri Jan 07 2011 08:44 PM
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fclaridge  Offline
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Do all the different years of trucks have similar enough or identical brakes to make 1 kit for this conversion? Just thinking that the brakes for a 46 2 ton will be different than a 56 1.5 ton, or a 52 2 ton, etc. Is that a correct assumption?


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Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: fclaridge] #709954
Sat Jan 08 2011 04:35 AM
Sat Jan 08 2011 04:35 AM
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RDomeck  Offline OP
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I'm not sure about the newer trucks. I would be glad to send you the parts once there made and if they don't fit just return them!

Maybe someone else on this site knows?


Randy Domeck
Indianapolis Fabrications
rdomeck@me.com
Indianapolis, In. 46254
317-258-0039

Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: RDomeck] #711182
Wed Jan 12 2011 02:27 PM
Wed Jan 12 2011 02:27 PM
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RDomeck  Offline OP
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Ok, I have found a rotor off of a International Harvester that will work out great. The are 6 bolt and are about 15". I will still make an adapter ring so the old hub can be used. The brakes off of the 3500HD had 5 bolt holes in them and the bolt circle wasn't large enough to clear the bolt holes on the hub.

I should see these parts in a couple of days.

Last edited by RDomeck; Wed Jan 12 2011 02:27 PM.

Randy Domeck
Indianapolis Fabrications
rdomeck@me.com
Indianapolis, In. 46254
317-258-0039

Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: RDomeck] #711245
Wed Jan 12 2011 06:11 PM
Wed Jan 12 2011 06:11 PM
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fclaridge  Offline
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So what bolt pattern will be used after the conversion? The 10 or 6 lug?


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Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: fclaridge] #711332
Wed Jan 12 2011 11:25 PM
Wed Jan 12 2011 11:25 PM
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RDomeck  Offline OP
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The wheel bolt pattern would stay the same. You would use your original hub.

Instead of the drum bolting to the back of the hub, a rotor with an adapter would go in it's place!


Randy Domeck
Indianapolis Fabrications
rdomeck@me.com
Indianapolis, In. 46254
317-258-0039

Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: RDomeck] #711369
Thu Jan 13 2011 01:28 AM
Thu Jan 13 2011 01:28 AM
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fclaridge  Offline
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Gotcha. What caliper do you plan on using?


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Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: fclaridge] #711397
Thu Jan 13 2011 02:40 AM
Thu Jan 13 2011 02:40 AM
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RDomeck  Offline OP
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I'm either going to use the 3500HD calipers that I have or use the IH ones. I found a few more options for rotor's and calipers today after looking through some books.

I already have a dual circuit master almost mounted to the frame so I'm trying to make sure that the bore size of that matches the piston(s) size of the calipers and still keep the original rear drums!



Randy Domeck
Indianapolis Fabrications
rdomeck@me.com
Indianapolis, In. 46254
317-258-0039

Re: Disc brake conversion on a 46 2-ton [Re: RDomeck] #712340
Sun Jan 16 2011 03:26 PM
Sun Jan 16 2011 03:26 PM
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Hotrod_A  Offline
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CT
What master cylinder are you using, I'm looking to put a dual master on my 41 1.5 ton, but I want to keep the drums and the original pedal setup. Got any pictures yet???
Rob

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