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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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A Disc Brake Upgrade Offers Increased Safety Without Sacrificing Stock Appearance

Posted August 31, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Ford Restorations

Despite the insistence from some diehard traditionalists that there’s no reason to upgrade a vintage car to disc brakes, sticking with four-wheel drums can be a drag—literally and figuratively.

The simple truth is that, in an era of distracted drivers plowing along in lumbering SUVs —all of them with sophisticated safety features and huge disc brakes —sharing the road in an old car with four-wheel drums is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. The nostalgia goes right out the window when you have to panic-brake around modern vehicles with much greater stopping capability.

That’s exactly what drove Tim Quiggle to finally upgrade the front drum brakes on his 1949 Ford coupe to discs. "I’ve been driving the car for more than 30 years and the drums just didn’t feel safe to me any longer," he says. "It’s not an overly heavy car, but the stopping distances were really long and the brakes tended to fade when they got hot in traffic. It was a safety issue for me that affected how much I was enjoying the car."

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