Not only did I swap out the 15" front brakes to the 16" Mark brakes yesterday, but it was one of the easiest swaps I have ever done! It took longer to clean all the goop/crap out of the antilock brake rotor than it did to do the swap of the parts!
I took out what I thought was a failing set of front calipers/pads/rotors, only to discover a set of brakes in pretty good condition, but with a good amount of miles on them, with lots of pad left! Stay tuned.....
I swapped out the old 15" rims for the new 16" "Y" wheels and experimented a little with wheel centers. Rear wheels will go on when I get the 4th tire mounted on a new rim.
I went back to the wrecking yard yesterday morning to get another of the "Y" rims for a spare, as there was one more left from the set of 4 that looked very presentable. The remaining 2 rims are a bit more scuffed up but usable! A rim shop could clean the edges up easily..... So now I have a good rim to replace one of the original 4 that I got, which has a good 4" section of curb rash....but it will suffice until the next call for new shoes for kitty! For the $27 it cost for the new rim ($4 for tire removal) it was a good investment. (The guy taking the tires off told me I could get $15-20 for the scrap rim!! ...but they were refunding my money so thanked him anyway! I want them to make the money so that they are still here next time!!!)
I found another center cap in the wrecking yard as well, in the trunk of a Town Car and just today, I tried to mount the centers on for pictures, ONLY to find out that they didn't fit! They were 1/8" too big!!! AHHG! Now I am REALLY going to need to look at part numbers carefully!
The cap snapped in place enuf to get the idea....
Here's a little closer:
I picked up a GM center cap 00-07 or so....and found that it fit perfectly!
Wife says she likes the simple look of the Lincoln cap....so.....we hunt for more caps! I think the chrome blings out the rim a bit from a ways back, but up close I like the consistency of the sorta polished machined look....all about.
Here are a couple of shots showing the new 16 up front compared to the old 15 out back.
Not tooo much of a change, but the Mark wheels stand out very nicely on the Cat!
I'd be tempted to just slap a set of chrome lugs on it and run it naked! AHH! Shiny but crude in a manner of thinking.... looks a little more GRRRR than with the caps on! ok...enuf..
Oh, and the car stops fine!!!! Tracks straight down the road too! I think there were no real brake problems....just bad tires!!! Just got back from a nice 40-50 mile drive on the back roads for a bit before the freeway, and with the moon roof open and the underground radio tunes jammin'....it was nice!
Now, to get the back tires on, and maybe tune up that trans! It shifts waaaay too softly!