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Dodge A100 disc brake conversion - Scarebird

Discussion in 'Classic Dodge Trucks - Pre 1981' started by kiwigtx, Jan 8, 2018.

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    I just thought making the title easily searched would help others. :)

    Ok, so I am going to carry out a few mods to my A100 this year.
    1. Brakes
    2. Steering
    3. Fuel delivery
    4. Engine power

    I'll start it of here with my brakes upgrade. I have just had confirmation of what I need on the bottom end for the conversion. But what I need to know is - has anyone else actually done this upgrade themselves? The only thing I think I will need to calculate is the actual change in the master Cylinder. Although my Brake Man can sort that - if anyone has any good suggestions, I am more than happy to listen.

    Thanks team.

    1964-70 Dodge A100 van front disc

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      very sure the hub and drum set up is the same as the d100 60-71 . might even go back a couple years earlier . so that might get you closer . i have a couple d100 in these years , and the 75 ramcharger rotors and a dorfman stud can be matched up to the stock hubs and a gm caliper then comes in to play . this setup fits the 11 3/4 rotor . now i saw a member on forebodies use a viper caliper with a 15'' alloy rim , so that the ave i'm taking . yes scarebird makes a gm caliper mounting bracket for the conversion . did see a viper caliper bracket and kit for mopars on doctor dif web site . not sure if it works across'd all the models with drum brakes .
       
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        I do believe the A100 has a front straight axle and not the independent suspension of a D100. Correct me if this is wrong.
         
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          That would be an easy upgrade. Do you have the correct axle?
           
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            I checked with mark at Scarebird, and he says the Dodge D100 won't fit - they offer new ones, but they will not suit apparently. My hubs are good fortunately, but good replacements are tough to find from what I have heard.
            Thanks for your reply. :)
             
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            Yes, mine has the 2200 axle up front ....so it's going to fit well. The kit calls for Chevy Celebrity calipers and Lincoln rotors plus a bunch of small parts - hoses, banjo fittings and bolts. The Scarebird kit comes with bolt-up hardware. I can't wait. :D ....although it is going to take out the uncertainty factor when pulling up at a red light. ...lol
             
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              7mopar , the a series vans and d series trucks started ifs in 72 up , so a pair of parallel leaf springs and a beam axle was it until 72's came out . but that twin parallel leaf springs continued on the w series (4x4) for years . check them out . ih trucks used beam axles until 74 . so chrysler was not the last to go ifs .
               
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                I knew that just wanted to confirm it. Just did not know why you were suggesting ifs stiff on a solid axle. But then you were not. So I stand corrected.
                 
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                  It's been a while since I posted here, and even longer since I worked on my A100. Some news on my disc brake upgrade.....finally received a carton with some of the vital parts required - rotors, hoses and small parts. I also have the caliper mounting brackets.

                  But the annoying part is that Scarebird sells the Calipers and custom made brackets as a kit - supposedly direct from their own shop....so when the calipers did not arrive after waiting for 3 months, I find out that he 3rd Party ships them from Rock Auto of all places. Had I known that right from the start, I could have ordered them myself from Rock Auto, and saved myself a few dollars and a couple of months.
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                  Hence, I have not yet started my upgrade....I want all parts in hand before pulling anything apart. Stay tuned....there will be other happenings on the Little Red Wagon very soon.
                   
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                    Just got to like those exclusive parts suppliers. There was probably no way of knowing in advance and then knowing which ones to order?
                     
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                      Look forward to seeing the swap, and whatever else you have planned.

                      Some vendors do tell you where to get some items they sell at a substantial markup. I love it when they do that, usually I buy more from them after that happens.
                       
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                        You are correct on that....obviously that is 'proprietary' information. :wacky:
                         
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                          I think a build thread is in the wind for me...lol
                           
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                            does it use the 75 ramcharger 4x4 front rotors n studs like the 59-71d100 type hub does ? uses a gm caliper to get a 15'' rim on it . saw a guy use viper calipers on a 15'' rim 11.75 rotor combo .
                             
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                              No...here is the list of parts on top of the Scarebird branded backing plates and banjo bolts.....
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                              Still waiting on the calipers to arrive. They are on a container sitting in port very close now. The port strike at Long beach recently screwed up the timetable....on top of Mr Scarebird dragging the chain.
                               
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                                What bolt pattern will the Lincoln rotors end up with?
                                 
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                                Should be the exact same as the Dodge pattern - I will take a measure tomorrow.
                                 
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                                  Sorry...got side-tracked while running new fuel line. Oops....might have been a clue there. :D
                                   
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                                  Sounds like it should work rather nice.