If you don't drive a lot, that stuff should last essentially forever. I think I've done one brake job on the car in my signature and that was nearly 20 years ago. I've had it for around 30.Interesting: my FB did not come with a 9 but it did come with front disc. My brakes seem to be in good condition. I actually just took the drum off to take a look at things and my rear drums looked good.
Your setup is fine, just a matter of picking the right aftermarket disc setup to fit your spindles. Those should last the life of the car.I guess in the future I will probably have to just go to disc all the way around, but I assume I might have to get new spindles too?? If they don’t match up??
You can compare the OEM tie rod ends to what you received with the rack. I know, back in the day, I'd often make tapered adapter bushings for some swaps that a correct tie rod end wasn't available for. Easy to check though with the new end in the spindle or with calipers. If wrong, document and work it out with the rack people. They've dealt with all this stuff.Well I just purchased the manual Unisteer Rack and it comes with two different rod ends: so hopefully one of them will work.
If it works fine and stops the car well, I'd leave it. The steering upgrade is a nice one; can't complain about racks. Adapted a Pinto unit for the race car, reversing the spindles right for left. That was in '74, so long before aftermarket stuff. Else, the front end that I can see in your pictures is great. Do the usual maintenance checks on the hoses, fittings, brake pads, suspension stuff etc. and if it's good, it's good. Drive it.So the calipers are still available?
Because I’m dropping a few dollars on the rack and putting in an electric steering as well. So that got my thinking on what kind of spindles I have, and what to do if I need to replace the front disc (because they look old) but they do work.
I do have a new master cylinder and brake booster.