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Got the basic shape of the bracket components cut out today using the angle grinder (which totally sucked to do). I will finish the shape tomorrow using a bandsaw and benchtop grinder. Unfortunately, both of these tools currently still reside at my parents' house (I need to make room in my garage for the bandsaw and I need to buy my own benchtop grinder).
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Paid a visit to my parents today. While I was there, I took advantage and ground the brackets to final shape on their benchtop grinder.
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Here is what the final assembly will look like in metal
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Here are the parts progressing slowly (I would take breaks and switch which piece I was working on; they would get really hot and I forgot my gloves)
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Just put in an order for all of the hardware I will need for my brake brackets and calipers. That, and some slightly thinner metal that I need in order to properly space the bracket. Once that comes in, I can weld the brackets together and install them on the axle.
 

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I got some slightly thinner metal sheet that I ordered for the brake brackets. Managed to make the final spacer pieces needed. Tomorrow, I plan to assemble the brackets tightly just using bolts and doing a test fit of the caliper. If I am happy with it, then I will weld the bracket together.
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I was finally able to test fit the calipers using the metal bracket. For whatever reason, despite all my other hardware arriving from McMaster, the 3/8-24 nuts I need to hold the brackets to the axle won't come until early May. Of course, Lowes and Home Depot don't carry the fine thread stuff so I was stuck for a bit. Luckily, my local Autozone had them. There was literally one pack left and it only had 4 of the 5 nuts it was supposed to bring. Clearly some dude couldn't be decent enough to fork over the $3 for the whole pack he needed and he just stole one smh. Oh well, I only needed three for my test fit and the missing one got me a 10% discount lol. I wish I had thought to forget what Ford used on their stock bracket and simply used the closest metric bolt to the hole size, an M10.

Anywho, it is nice to finally see the caliper mounted with the metal bracket
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It initially looked like the caliper wasn't properly centered above the rotor, but a quick adjustment got it set right. If anything, I can also add a thin washer between the caliper and mounting bracket to shim it out slightly. We will see where everything ends up once the bracket is welded together.
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