• ken douch
    22 November 2012 at 06:16 #49863

    Martin Peters mention in the November Gazette that a car has been modified is of high interest as I am in the process of a nut and bolt restoration of 1/207. Completed the car will be somewhat heavier and faster than original and could do with more stopping power. Conversion will require a disc adaptor for the hub and a bracket to mount the caliper, simplified by the right choice of components. Details or pictures of an existing conversion would be a great help and if someone out there has these would they publish them please.

    22 November 2012 at 15:35 #49866

    Ken hi

    I was considering this modification for my 3.0 dhc with front disc’s, but it is is far from simple. and potentially pretty expensive

    If you want d a degree of extra safety, then why not fit a dual circuit system. You will have a little more space for fitment of the servo’s, if you have an engine with original exhaust layout, and not a Ford or Jaguar replacement.

    The owner of a 3.0 litre 4 door, Robin Allum has done this, and there is a good article on the other Lagonda web-site, and he feels the car now stops much more reliably and quickly.



    Peter S30
    22 November 2012 at 16:57 #49867

    I thought Robin Allum has converted to two circuit brake system for safety reasons (if one would fail you still could brake on the remaining 2 wheels), not to increase braking power. And I think braking power will not increase with dual circuit. And I do not see that you need it, the servo brakes are quite good and the DB 3 ltr cars are no racers.

    22 November 2012 at 17:44 #49868

    Peter hi

    The English testing system was causing him problems, and you are correct his system gives separate braking for front and rear wheels.

    On his car he always needed a lot of effort when applying the brakes and every year the handbrake would fail the MOT. According to the inspector, as the car has a single circuit system, the handbrake is also the emergency brake should the hydraulic system fail. If it had a dual system the handbrake is then a parking brake and in theory the handbrake should pass at a lower figure.

    According to Robin, who has both a five speed Tremec box and a rebuilt engine, his car is fairly quick, the change in the braking system has given him better stopping ability.

    Having been in a fair few DB cars, their stopping ability sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. I plan to investigate this option, cost effective and reasonably straightforward to fit. Would be interesting to compare two 3.0 litre cars, one with the standard single circuit and the other Robins car.

    As you say, I wonder if there is a real difference, maybe you are right and there is none ?

    M J Peters
    4 March 2013 at 14:42 #50052

    Hi Ken,
    The car in Hong Kong I referred to has now been identified and the Club magazine article has been located ( no. 93, Winter ’76 – a bit later than I had thought.) Unfortunately there are no pictures or diagrams, just a written description. I will try to fit the entire disc brakes section into the April Gazette but to quickly summarise, the front disc parts this owner used were ex. Jaguar S type. The other interesting thing is that he fitted discs to the rear as well – doesn’t specifically say if these too were Jaguar. Also twin master cylinders were subsequently installed. One for the initially fitted front calipers and rear calipers and the second for an additional set of calipers at the front! He replaced the factory servo unit with a Girling one from a Commer Bantam commercial. Seems like an awful lot of work to me. I agree with Simon’s comments that a modification along the lines of Robin Allum’s 3 Litre is the way to go. For real excitement you should try a panic stop in a servo-less 2.6 with its narrower shoes and drums!

    ken douch
    10 March 2013 at 05:35 #50053

    I do not think Jaguar discs and calipers will adapt to the Lagonda hubs, however it is possible to persuade Jag. hubs to fit,but you would also have to fit Jag. wheels. This would be OK if they were wires I suppose.
    The attached photos show how close the fit is with some carefully chosen components.
    Updating to dual circuit servos is a given to my mind.

    Attached files

    ray sherratt
    10 March 2013 at 15:38 #50054

    I hope this insterlation Is a mock-up and not the real think.
    The bracket is far to thin, it should be -375″ at least. The
    disc is to close to the rod end, disc deflection will machine
    a groove in the inner face of the disc. I do hope a more
    engineered approach is looked into.

    ken douch
    10 March 2013 at 18:33 #50055

    Thanks Ray for your reply.
    Yes just a mock up to get you thinking.
    3/8 plate caliper brackets mounted on the rear of the lugs are planned.
    Without extending the stub shaft there is a limit to the extent that the disc and hub can be moved outboard,so clearance at the steering arm will always be small probably necessitating a special rubber boot
    If there is any interest I could lay this out on cad.,but as far as Engineering is concerned I have forgotten how this is spelled 20 years ago .

    ray sherratt
    10 March 2013 at 19:29 #50056

    Hi Ken
    Is the disc bolted to the hub? could it be turned round
    to give more rod end clearance. I think a rubber boot
    so close would last five minutes, 4-5 hundred deg-Celsius
    would set them alight. M O T rules new fail cracked or
    split boots

    ken douch
    11 March 2013 at 18:33 #50057

    Hi Ray
    I have included a sketch of the assembly.
    You can see that if the hub and wheel attachment plane is not to go outboard, moving the disc away from the steering arm requires the caliper to be moved by the same amount and causes interference at the heads of the wheel studs.
    A smaller caliper would help but pad friction area is compromised.
    If someone really has converted these hubs it would be a great help to know what components were used

    Attached files

    ray sherratt
    12 March 2013 at 11:38 #50058

    Hi ken
    Would it bo possible to use a large modern single/double
    pot sliding caliper. this would give you more clearance
    on the inner face/stud area of the hub.

    ken douch
    15 March 2013 at 00:23 #50061

    Hi Ray
    I have looked at a couple of sliding calipers and they do indeed ease the side clearance problem, however I am having difficulty ensuring sufficient rigidity at the mount pins and their mounting to the upright.
    More anon

    15 March 2013 at 13:17 #50067

    Ken good morning,

    Would you mind letting me know how things progress.

    I was going to go down the road of a twin circuit with my current brakes.


    ken douch
    15 March 2013 at 17:15 #50069

    Hi Simon
    Will certainly cover progress in these pages,but don’t hold your breath,there are seven other cars demanding attention and spring is here!
    Whether eventually discs are fitted or not, it is planned to fit dual master cylinders with an adjustable balance bar to tune front and rear brake bias and with contemporary servos fitted to reduce pedal force/travel. A servo would be needed with disc brakes anyway as self servo action is minimal particularly with today’s pads.

    ray sherratt
    16 March 2013 at 15:54 #50073

    Hi Ken.
    I Have some info that might be of interest. Would it be possible
    to have your email adress.
    Mine is [email protected]
    Many thanks Ray.

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