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Old 07-05-2007, 09:16 AM
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1950 3/4 ton brakes

I have a brake problem on my 1950 chevy 3/4 ton pick up. all the brakes are locked up, and the hubs are 8 lug. I want to go from a 8 lug to a 5 if possible. I solved the problem with the rear. I swapped it out for a chevy 12 bolt. I have been told that for the front i would have to put a mustang II on it or a camero front end. But i have been looking at the brakes, and have wondered if i buy a 1/2 ton disc brake conversion kit, and have the spindles milled down if that would work? I have a friend that is a machinist, and said that he could do it. So it would only cost me the parts for the brakes. Would this work?
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If you want to keep the I beam axle why not just swap to a half ton axle and spindles? You can probably find one that someone in your area pulled out to put a independent front end under the truck? Machine work would get spendy in a hurry unless you can get a buddy deal.

Then you can either convert to disk easily or swap on 54 Chev passenger car drums and backing plates. That takes making a few spacers but is an easy swap.

There are also a couple of outfits, RB's for one that sell bolt on Mustang II style crossmembers. They are a bit clunky but all you need to do the job are a half inch drill, a tape measure and a hand full of wrenches. They have a lot to offer to the guy who is building a driver and doesn't weld.
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If you want to keep the I beam axle why not just swap to a half ton axle and spindles? .
And then you can BOLT ON the 53 - 54 Chevrolet car brake drums and have the regular, standard 5 on 4.75 wheel pattern
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If we were closer to each other and I was ready to tear down the 48 he could have mine It is already converted to 5 lug.
I will be going to an after market cross member the next go around.
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