I’ve been offering this conversion service for a little over a year now, and since I shipped off this set of backing plates to John Swander in KC, MO last week, it seemed like a good time to throw them up on the blog.
Anyone that’s driven a car with ’39-48 Ford “juice” brakes knows that they aren’t the best brakes in the world. The more modern Bendix-style brake, as used on Lincolns in the ’40s and just about every other car with drum brakes from the 50′s on, is a far superior design. But, the Early Ford backing plates just look “right” on a traditional hot rod. What if you were able to combine the looks of the Early Ford juice brake with the function of the Bendix-style brake?
Well, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I take the ’39-48 backing plates and modify them to accept the Bendix style hardware, adjuster, and wheel cylinder. I can do it with either 2″ shoes for Buick (or the new “Lincoln style”) drums, or with 1.75″ shoes for original Ford drums.
As of right now, the price for this service is $475.00 plus shipping for ’46-48 backing plates. I do the conversion on your backing plates (your core), so it goes without saying that the nicer the plates you send, the better they will turn out. I also have good core backing plates in stock at the moment, and the core charge is $100.00.
Take a look at the photos. It takes a trained eye to notice that there’s anything different from the outside.
If you are interested in converting your backing plates, go to the contact page on the website, and shoot me an e-mail or call the number listed.