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1967 El Camino Drum to disk brakes

Hi y'all.

I'm trying to find some information on disk brakes.
I have a 1967 El Camino w/ 396 that has power 4 wheel drum brakes.
My plan is to change that over to disk brakes. My problem, other than making sure I have money , is that I have 14in. wheels on the front and 15in. in the rear.

What are the odds of being able to fit disk breaks with these wheels?

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The factory installed 14" wheels on the disk brake cars. So long as you use either used factory parts or an aftermarket kit that duplicates the factory parts, then 14" wheels fit fine. Be aware that not all 14" wheels are created equally, however. When disk brakes were rare in the late 1960s, there were two kinds of 14" wheels. Most did not clear disk brakes. Starting in 1967, special disk brake wheels were used with more clearance on the backside for the calipers. So long as you have these wheels or aftermarket wheels, you should be fine.

As for disk brake kits, Speedway Motors seems to have the lowest cost kits.
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Try to locate the brakes/spindles etc from a 68-72 Chevelle
Then the 14" stock disc wheels will be fine
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Try to locate the brakes/spindles etc from a 68-72 Chevelle
Then the 14" stock disc wheels will be fine
Just to clarify, spindles from all 1964-1972 A-body cars, all 1967-1969 F-body cars, and all 1968-1974 X-body cars will interchange. The steering arms bolt on, so you just need to swap your existing arms onto the other spindles. Disk brakes were factory offered starting in 1967, but the 67-68 calipers were the four piston units. These calipers are prone to corrosion and seal leaking, and sleeved versions are expensive, so I'd avoid them unless you really want "correct" 1967 calipers. The 69-up disk brakes used the single piston sliding caliper, which is readily available at any parts store. Just be aware that in most parts of the country, you are unlikely to find one of these cars in a wrecking yard. Restorers and ebay sellers have pretty much picked the yards dry.

Also, as I noted above, not all 14" wheels will clear these brakes. You need to be sure the wheels were designed for disks and have the additional backside clearance.

Finally, you can actually machine your drum brake spindles to accept the caliper bracket. The caliper brackets and dust shields are readily available as repros. Everything else - rotors, calipers, hoses - are available at any parts store. Here's one link to the machining required:

http://www.pozziracing.com/brakes.ht...Drums_to_Discs
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'75-'79 Novas all had disc brakes, so 14" wheels from those cars will work. Same for '70-'81 Camaros.
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