My Story The Jeep

Now here’s a mod that will make some of you crazy, I’m sure. When I moved to Tallahassee in 1995, I took my jeep out for a drive. I had driven it daily in Panama City. Tally is a much larger city and it scared the heck out of me. The jeep was used to stopping when it got around to it. The brakes just weren’t up to the task. I have had AF Master mechanics work on my brakes and nothing seemed to work or if it did, required adjustment about every hundred miles.CRW_3737 Above, Jill rides in a 1942 Ford GPW equipped with replica Firestone tires. So the jeep sat forlorn in my garage for almost 5 years. Then during the winter/spring of 2001 I decided to resurrect the ol’ girl again. I discarded the original brakes and put discs brakes on all four corners. This is an easy conversion that is mostly bolt up using GM and Jeep parts. I used the info from Chuckp’s website (site no longer available). The GM/Jeep conversation left a lot to be desired. For one thing you could NOT run original size 6.00 x 16 tires. So after a long search I found an outfit in Brazil that makes disc brakes for early jeeps. They were specifically for the CJ2s (and newer) but with some machined adapters I was able to make them fit my 42 Ford. The casually looker would never think that the jeep has disk brakes on all four corners. The jeep has been equipped with Firestone Non-Directional tires by Coker Tire Co. Coker did a great job on these tires. For more see the Firestone Tire article. Next