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Old 10-09-2007, 11:18 AM
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1957 Olds Drum to Disc conversion

I have a 57 Olds, that is currently a mild custom, with original drivetrain (371 J2) with original suspension and drums. Getting tired of fighting the fade, so now looking for conversion to disc for at least the front. (Info on rear conversions also appreciated.) Have heard that discs from some later model Olds might work, but have no definitive answers on that. Looking for aftermarket kits and haven't found much. So if you have any recommendations or known fixes I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 10-09-2007, 05:37 PM
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Bob, I think the fastest/easiest way is with scarebird brackets. http://www.scarebird.com/
They show bracketes for your car ($115). Typically it comes with a specific list of parts you buy independently to finish the swap. They provide the year/make/model of hub/rotor then the calipers, flex hoses etc. Not only do you get to shop for the best deal, you know exactly what you have on there when it comes time to do a brake job. They take pains to design the bracket for common, inexpensive parts.
Couple of unsolicited comments. High probability you will need power booster, good time to go to a split system if you still have the original single jar MC.
If you are not in a rush, I'm working on a tech article of sorts, that outlines a full blown upgrade for your car that includes ball joint suspension, positive caster, antidive etc. All done with the engine in and the fenders on.
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60 to zero braking systems has your kit ,same as a 57 chevy
i got mine off e-bay ,go under 57 chevy and punch in brakes
don't buy from fattrodders ,they got good deals ,but bad feedback
i had to go thru the hassle of getting a refund cause they never shipped
my parts ,60 -0 braking ended up beating fatrobbers ,that is the feedback i left them.
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oldguy829 - Thanks for the info, it is greatly appreciated. And no I am not in a big rush so reading your future tech article would be worth the wait. I have two projects ahead of the Olds. First I have to refinish my Mullins trailer, and second I have to upgrade the brakes and steering components of my 34 Plymouth. Will be trying to get these out of the way first, and then start on the 57.

burnt olds - thanks for the info I will follow thru with your suggestions as well.

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Old 10-12-2007, 07:29 AM
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Mopar34 - my first draft is posted in the crankshaft coalition. Look under
37 - 57 Buick Olds Pont suspension upgrades.
let mer know if my ramblings don't make sense.
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