I am preparing our '72 Spitfire for sale. This is the car my older son drove through high-school and college. I drove it this weekend and found it requires much more pedal effort to stop than the GT6. I know the GT6 rotors are bigger but I also suspect the Spitfire pads and rotors are glazed. I want to make the brakes on this car a bit more effective before passing it along to the next owner.
I plan to turn the rotors and want to replace the pads with something "sticky". This is a street car, not a performance car. I just want it to stop without excessive pedal effort. I've spoken with Ted at TSI and he feels I need to try turning the rotors first before buying any new parts. I would still like some material and brand recommendations for decent pads. Do you have any brand/material recommendations for a street car?
The following is provided as background:
All the brake components are newish or rebuilt.
The hoses are stainless braided.
This car IS running DOT-5 but the pedal is firm without being squishy (this is not a bleeding or compressibility issue).
There is not excessive pedal travel (shoes are adjusted and there are no worn clevis holes or pins).
The shoes and pads have a decent amount of material.
The shoes and pads are whatever the low end brakes from BP Northwest are made of.
The PDWA is rebuilt and centered.
I assume the low end pads are basic organic material. The next step up appears to be ceramic pads with the high-end being Kevlar or Kevlar blends. Please give me your suggestions for grippy pads keeping in mind that I want the car safe... but I don't want to invest a mint since I am selling the car.
Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice.