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Old 07-16-2012, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by redtoptravis View Post
Ok I an trying to keep a low buget here but make the car fun and safe. 54 Chevy Delray 2 door with 350 (200hp) 700r4 10 bolt rear. Later (a couple years) I want to bump to 450hp stick shift. I would do orriginal brakes but the rear brakes can not be put on the 10 bolt rear. What should I put on the rear and what do I need to upgrade from the orriginal setup to make it all work. In other words what are good options for my car to have safe/performance brakes?
The obvious "best" choice is to convert it to 4 wheel disc brakes.

The front brakes carry much more of the stopping load than the rears (70/30-ish), and they should be discs if at all possible for their superior fade resistance if nothing else. For the fronts there are kits available from places like MP brakes that will get you the parts needed.

There were optional rear disc brakes available on the second generation F-body cars that used the 8.5" corporate 10-bolt rear end, but they leave a lot to be desired. The third gen cars were better, but I have no info on what's required to use them on a second gen 10-bolt. If it were me, I'd look awful hard at using an 11" rear drum brake set-up. Match it to the vehicle the rear end came from. If you wanted rear disc brakes, they're available as well from any number of places.

In many cases there's the option of adapting OEM parts.
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