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Disc Brake upgrade 15/50
July 19, 2016
12:10 pm
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William Regan
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Hi hello everyone I'm new to register and have just bought an 1957 15/50. Can anyone help with information on the parts required to upgrade front drum brakes to disc brakes. I did this conversion years ago on a Morris Minor which transformed safety and driving experience. I will greatly appreciate any information assistance. ( PS I did try a couple of phone numbers seen on the forum of a guy named Andy which did this conversion but they are " not recognised")
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July 19, 2016
12:45 pm
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Hi William

Welcome to the Wolseley Register and to this forum! Yes, both Morris Minor and Wolseley 1500 conversions are quite common, both I think, using Morris Marina parts. However, I am not sure about a conversion for 15/50's, I don't think many people do this as the original braking system is not too bad, you just have to get used to driving with brake shoes rather than brake pads..... I don't know of an Andy whose phone number would be on the forum????

Unless anyone else can come up with their own suggestions, may I suggest that you email our technical expert on 15/50's and ask him? Unfortunately. he rarely looks at the forum! His contact details can be found in the Wolseley World magazine which you should have received as part of your welcome pack.

Bob

July 20, 2016
10:36 am
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William Regan
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Thanks Bob, I will examine the brakes for any faults and contact the tech man. William

July 22, 2016
9:52 pm
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Malcolm Page
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Hi,
If its any help I have a 16/60 and an MG Magnette VI both have identical brakes. I have fitted a servo to both and it has transformed the brakes. It is possible to lock all 4 wheels with moderate pedal pressure. One of the worst feature of the twin leading shoe is stopping in reverse going back down a slope but now no problem almost as good as a modern car. I did look first at converting to disks. This is possible by using a combination of MGA and MGB front suspension and brake parts but is quite complicated and many times the cost in money and time of fitting a servo.
Malcolm Page

August 3, 2016
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William Regan
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Hello Malcolm thanks for your reply. I never considered only fitting a servo. I can do this myself as many years ago I fitted one to an Ford Escort. Would you be so kind as to tell me which company supplied the servo, where you tapped into the inlet manifold and which connector did you use? Thanks again for your reply,
Willie

August 8, 2016
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Malcolm Page
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William Regan said
Hello Malcolm thanks for your reply. I never considered only fitting a servo. I can do this myself as many years ago I fitted one to an Ford Escort. Would you be so kind as to tell me which company supplied the servo, where you tapped into the inlet manifold and which connector did you use? Thanks again for your reply,
Willie  

Hello William,

Are you going to the Wolseley Register Rally on the 20th ? if so you can see my car.
If not I will upload a couple of pictures on here for you.
It took me most of the day to fit the servo including bleeding I also at the same time replaced the flexible hoses and replaced all the steel lines with cunifer. The fronts need a special technique to get a really hard pedal. I am fortunate that I have the tools to make up brake lines which is the most difficult part for most owners.
I got the servo from http://powertrackbrakes.co.uk/ Not cheap but you get what you pay for. There are many available on EBay for a few pounds but they are made in China and as my life depends on my brakes I would not trust them.

Best Wishes
Malcolm

August 19, 2016
7:55 pm
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Rob Thomas
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William.
Hello. I'm trying to do the reverse of what you are doing. Maybe we can exchange photos and diagrams?
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Rob Thomas, Cardiff
hfh200@hotmail.co.uk

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