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I want to convert the front brakes of my hot rod to disk.. The front is a 1970 nova ,,, What is the best and least expensive way to do it

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Search around for an original Nova single-piston set, any '73-74 (when discs became standard but the frame was still the same) will have them and is the most common (also Omega, Ventura, Apollo), after that the '69-72 Chevelle/GM a-body cars will fit if the steering arm is changed. Probably least common is the actual '69-'72 Nova optional disc application which of-course will bolt in. Naturally you have to get the lines, m.c., prop valve etc. and do the standard rebuild stuff.

Don't get earlier ones because they're four-piston and more complex, don't get later ones (either Nova/x-body or Chevelle/a-body) because the spindles are different.

After that, if you can't find any of those, just get out your wallet 'cause lots of people sell new sets.
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Search around for an original Nova single-piston set, any '73-74 (when discs became standard but the frame was still the same) will have them and is the most common (also Omega, Ventura, Apollo), after that the '69-72 Chevelle/GM a-body cars will fit if the steering arm is changed. Probably least common is the actual '69-'72 Nova optional disc application which of-course will bolt in. Naturally you have to get the lines, m.c., prop valve etc. and do the standard rebuild stuff.

Don't get earlier ones because they're four-piston and more complex, don't get later ones (either Nova/x-body or Chevelle/a-body) because the spindles are different.

After that, if you can't find any of those, just get out your wallet 'cause lots of people sell new sets.
The least expensive way to do it is to buy the repro caliper brackets (something like $40/pair or so), mill down the boss on the spindle per the website below, and just get calipers, rotors, hoses, and master cylinder from any auto parts store. Get one of the new brass combination proportioning valves. Plumb and bleed, you''re done.

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