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Old 09-06-2012, 09:35 PM
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NAPA carries the wheel cylinders, front and rear. Just have to have a counter person who is willing to take the time to look up the numbers. Have had decent luck with them though. Am happy with new shoes got from NAPA also. SBC (any size 265 to 400) drops in nicely, but you have to use the 350/400 exhaust mainfolds (rear dump) to avoid interference with steering box. Original rear leaf springs don't last long behind a V8. Need some torsion bars to prevent over-flexing the springs. Brake parts/backing plates and misc. hardware available for 49-54 all over the web. Front end parts (control arm shafts/bushing, king pins) from Nat'l Chevy Assn.. they have on-line catalog, but will send you hard-copy catalog if you ask (651) 778-9522. Hope this helps. Am running 51 coupe w/327-350TH built back in 1993/94. Made motor mounts for SBC 400, but when one broke, replaced both with set from Chassis Engineering Inc. Nice. Replace fan clutch with spacer to just clear alternator and don't even have to move the radiator. As matt167 say: Hand brake lever has to go and the seams (ribs) in firewall have to be cut out for cylinder heads to clear, but you wont miss them at all and after while you won't even remember they were there. I been driving the '51 for 20 years and have put thousands of miles on it. Am still able to get parts, but sometimes have to wait for delivery from somebodies wharehouse, and have to make double sure am getting right parts. : )
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