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1962 Impala disc brake conversion

I know it is possible, but where to start? Father son project car needs disc brakes. I have 2 different donor cars 71 Caprice and a 79 Malibu. Will either of these work for donor cars. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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I do not have a answer for you but as a Moderator here........Let me be the first to WELCOME YOU here

I am sure someone here will have good information for you....as 62 Chevrolet's are real popular on this board.....just a little newer than what I normally work with....


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I would go with the 71 Impala spindles. The reason being the 62 has a tall spindle something like 11 inches. The 71 will be close to it. You may have to do a little fab work. I used 80 Camaro spindles on my 67 Caprice it was a simple swap after I swaped out the lower ball joint to a nascar style screw in ball joint.
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I have heard that none of the later model spindles will fit the 62..........but, if anyone knows, I would also be interested. The brakes on my 62 Pontiac suck bigtime, and with the single MC, its not the safest either.
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Disc brakes

Someone makes a kit for this car, probably in 2 forms.
1. Complete with everything to make the change including brake lines and master cylinder, calipers, hoses, rotors, bearings,etc.
2. the caliper brackets and hardware, and a list of parts for you to find at your local partshouse or scrapyard.

My son's 57 BelAir has discs in front and a dual cylinder using Chevelle parts from the mid-70s. I don't believe you'll have to change spindles at all.
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I do not have a answer for you but as a Moderator here........Let me be the first to WELCOME YOU here

I am sure someone here will have good information for you....as 62 Chevrolet's are real popular on this board.....just a little newer than what I normally work with....


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I just wonder if guys could take a look at how disks are done on the early ford spindles and do something similar on the 62's..

Use a hat and rotor and make a caliper support bracket that bolts in place of the backing plate..Would be a bit of a chore to fabricate but I bet it could be done..With laser cutters we have now a fellow could make a pattern and have his steel supplier cut the brackets..

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I have heard that none of the later model spindles will fit the 62..........but, if anyone knows, I would also be interested. The brakes on my 62 Pontiac suck bigtime, and with the single MC, its not the safest either.
yah i coverted to disc brakes with the stock spindle, but used a 1970 monte carlo rotors and calipers. but had to buy the dick brake bracket from cpp
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There are a at least three solutions I know of: Latest is to go with Master Power Brakes and their entire kit that uses a dual master, booster, proportioning valve, and 12" rotors with calipers that all mount on your stock spindles cost is just under $1,000. Another is look up Scarebird on the net or eBay and buy their brackets which mount a GM smaller style rotor and caliper... cost = the brackets plus the rest of the disc brake assembly components needed. Lastly, and this is the "old school" setup before the aftermarket guys stepped in would be to use the '69-'70 full size Pontiac B-Body 12" rotors, calipers and backing plates, use your '62 spindles and change the outer bearing to match the different taper in the rotor hub (not a difficult thing to do - just buy the outer bearing and new grease seals) and you'll need to fabricate some washers to shim the backing plate, use the proportioning valve from the '69-'70 donor or buy an aftermarket one and changeover to dual cylinder master. You can keep your '62 booster if you have pwr steering but you will need to use the non power brake pedal because of the brake pedal ratio to fully utilize adequate brake pressure. Cost is finding donor parts and upside is you keep the 5x5 bolt pattern... downside is no one makes replacement one piece 12" hub/rotors replacements once your rotors are gone. I've heard others cut down the stock brake drum hub a bit and fit a rear Corvette rotor to the cut down hub but I have not seen this application myself but imagine it would work.
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I doubt you could buy the parts for the cost of this kit. I'll be using this one for my 59'

1959 Chevrolet Front Power Disc Brake Conversion Kit | eBay
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I doubt you could buy the parts for the cost of this kit. I'll be using this one for my 59'

1959 Chevrolet Front Power Disc Brake Conversion Kit | eBay
I agree. Buy the kit. I did a conversion 10= years ago on my 61 Impala. $110 brackets from Late Great Chevy and rotors, calipers, etc from a 68-72 Chevelle. Total cost back then was around $300+-. And this was for manual brakes also.
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