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This is some notes from our version of the Granada disk brake swap. We have done it on both the Falcon and the Mustang. These photos are mostly of the Mustang swap, but I'll throw in some Falcon photos for fun. Questions/comments are always welcome. What's here should be generally true for 1963 and up V8 cars and 66 up all. The Exceptions: 60-62 all, 63, 64 and 65 6 cylinder cars.  See the details below.  The parts list from the Mustang swap is at the bottom of the page.  The Falcon swap used the same basic parts.

DISCLAIMER: I made these modifications at my own risk and peril. I can't make any promises that your results will be similar. To protect yourself, learn all that you can about this swap from the various sources available. Don't attempt this swap unless you understand completely what it entails and what you must have and do to accomplish a safe installation.

What makes this swap possible

So, what makes this swap work so well? Credit cross platform interchangeability. When Ford moved into the 1970's, some midsize 60's platforms got reborn. For example, the Falcon got torn in two during 1970. The early 1970 Falcon looks like the 1969. the 1970 1/2 Falcon looks just like a Torino. Strange, because the Torino became it's own line with no relation to the Falcon except that 70 1/2 deal. But somewhere in that period, the Maverick was born of the old Falcon platform. Some things that worked well, like front suspension parts, just floated onto the new platform. Why redesign what works? It looks like Ford was experimenting with front steer, rack and pinion steering on the Mustang and just kept using a known, workable front suspension setup on the Maverick. Mercury apparently liked the Mav, so the Comet appeared too. The Comet is just a fancy Maverick. Later the Granada appeared and the Maverick/Comet picked up some parts there. (Note: this discussion is just my take on how things appear - the real story might be completely different) Look behind the front tire of any 66-69 Mustang or Falcon and then behind the front tire of a 76 Maverick and you see the same setup. When Ford put disk brakes on the Maverick/Comet, they just made a new spindle that bolted up to the existing suspension. Here are your potential donors:

- 1974-1977 Maverick/Comet

- 1975-1980 Granada or Mercury Monarch

Now we have a disk brake spindle that bolts to existing parts. The spindles bolt up because the taper of the ball joint shaft holes match the taper of the existing ball joints. That is key, because the same ball joints have been used on the Falcon/Mustang since 1963. The only part number differences (at least in the aftermarket) seem to be grease-able/non-grease-able (permanently lubed) and 3 bolt/4 bolt. So, the spindles bolt right up.  (NOTE: the lower ball joint is the same part back to 60 in Falcons but I don't have enough data to confirm the fit of the 60-62 upper ball joint)

One thing that did change was the tie rod ends. Here is where you will have most of your problems.  First, the dimensions associated with the spindle mounting point for the outer tie rod end varies. For example, on the older cars the tie rod to spindle bolt was 7/16". On the later models, it is 1/2". The taper of the tie rod end mount also varies between models.  Another thing to look out for is the thread that mates with the adjusting sleeve.  For 63 up V8 Falcon cars, 66 up all Falcon and 67 up all Mustang, the tie rod adjusting thread was 11/16-18.  On 60-62 Falcon, 63, 64 and 65 6 cylinder Falcon, 64-66 Mustang 6 cylinder manual steering cars the thread was 1/2-20.  One more exception: 64-66 Mustang with power steering - the thread was 3/4-18 on the left side.  Because of the taper and spindle thread, the outer tie rods MUST come from the donor car.  V8's before 66 and all later models will mate "foreign" outer tie rods with the existing inner tie rods via the adjusting sleeve.  As noted, the early 6 cylinder cars and other exceptions will require a swap to V8 front linkage (center link, inner tie rods and possibly idler arm) or you'll have to fabricate an adapter. Mustangs Plus carries some extra length adapters (at the time of this posting) to help mate odd rod lengths.

The parts involved: (beginning upper left): dust shield, caliper bracket, caliper, outer tie rod end, brake hose, wheel seal, bearing parts, dust shield retainer, caliper key and tension spring, pads and caliper.
PARTS LIST (1976 Maverick donor, swapped to 67 Mustang)
Part Number
Description Mfg/Supplier
varies by donor
spindle Ford
rotor Wagner
pads Wagner
*L83270 (left) *L83271 (right)
rebuilt calipers Wagner
master cylinder Wagner
stock rubber brake hose CarQuest
outer tie rod end TRW
7/16 x 24 male to #3 braided hose Russell
3/8 x 24 male to #3 hose Russell
30" - #3 90 deg  to #3 straight braided hose Russell
18" #3 to #3 straight braided hose Russell
1/4 x 8" brake line Everco
5/16 x 8" steel brake line Everco
* - This part number will vary based on the donor vehicle, part manufacturer/supplier and part configuration