I agree with Larry. I took a weekend in the mountains outside Quincy, CA,
elevation about 4500 ft. The final campsite was up a steep one lane road.
On the return trip home, I got stuck behind a motorhome going slowly down
the road with no where to pass. After using the brakes repeatedly for what
seemed like miles, and little cooling due to the low speed, they just quit
working. Very scary. Straight cut first gear, so no way to shift down into
first, and no brakes. I think I shut the engine off and compression braked,
combined with what little bit of braking was left by pulling the parking
----- Original Message -----
From "Larry Miller" <millerls at ado13.com>
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <Andrew.Griffith@ReadRite.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: Big Brake Conversion.
> I for one don't buy the argument that Spridget disc brakes are "more than
> adequate". In my opinion they are barely adequate on a stock Spridget.
> Anytime you decrease your 0-60 time I think you need to also decrease your
> 60-0 time.
> Larry Miller
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bryan Vandiver" <Bryan.Vandiver@Eng.Sun.COM>
> To: <email@example.com>; <Andrew.Griffith@ReadRite.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 9:52 AM
> Subject: Re: Big Brake Conversion.
> > Drew,
> > I did a disk brake conversion on my bugeye, but I'm still using the
> > brakes, however, I do have 'cross drilled' rotors. I'm sorry I can't
> > with the Big-brake conversion, and I wish you luck if you have your
> set on
> > it, but I should add, that the standard disk brakes are much more than
> > on our car. The only thing that is the problem is the pedal pressure
> > You can always add vacuum assist brake booster, if you want to reduce
> > pressure, or, you could try converting to a later brake master with a
> > diameter. The smaller diameter will require more pedal travel, but since
> you no
> > longer need a clutch master, you can probably fit any brake master you
> want in
> > the existing pedal box. I also like your idea about 'dual line' brakes
> > the orginal master, however you would need to fabricate some kind of
> linkage to
> > actuate both pistons simultaneously from a single pedal, and that might
> not be
> > the easiest thing to do.
> > Regards - Bryan
> > >To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > >Subject: Big Brake Conversion.
> > >MIME-Version: 1.0
> > >
> > >All right you guys... that's enough crap about my engine conversion!
> > >
> > >My real intent was to find out your experiences with the big brake
> > >conversion, the one that uses Spitfire disks & MGB calipers. Has any
> > >done this and what kind of problems did you have??
> > >
> > >Thanks,
> > >-Drew in San Jose.