The hoses that come with the PBR brakes are kind of funny. They are SAE sized fittings, not metric. That's fine, but they are different between the driver's and passenger's sides. Strange, I thought.I decided to have some replacement hard lines made. This way, the adapting is taken care of, and I just replace two short pieces of steel line with two othershort pieces of steel line. No big deal. If this idea frightens you, turn back now! I decided to modify the car to accept the Mustang brakes, this way, in the future, if I wishto buy new pads or hoses, I can simply order them for the Mustang, and leave the Merkur out of the equation.
The end of the metric line on the XR ends with a rigid mount at the body. This is a good design and I chose to keep it. The PBR brakes have a different (beefier) hose end, with a locating finger in the bore that indexes a groove in the brake hose. I first put the mustang clip in the vise an pounded it with a hammer. I painted it afterwards. Below are before and after pics of the hammering operation.
If this one stumps you, then you've temporarily overlooked the PBR brake caliper from Australia. Long used on Corvettes and standard Mustang Cobra fare from 1994 until today, the PBR sliding caliper offers great performance at a reasonable price. Those are good reasons why both Chevy and Ford use it, and why Baer Brake Systems made the PBR caliper the mainstay of its street-performance brake line.
The new pin-drive caliper benefits from the same advantages the familiar pad-guided caliper does. Since this is a PBR brake, the engineering behind it is from one of the world's largest brake manufacturers. From the get-go it has been designed as a street brake, so it is fully outfitted with the appropriate dust seals, extra beef to withstand years of use, attention to antisqueal properties, and so on. Its wide distribution gives it good economies of scale to keep the price in line and ensure a wide range of brake pads are available.