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63 Buick Electra 225

I recently picked up a 1963 Buick Electra 225 4 door hard top with a 401 nailhead and a two speed automatic. It has a vacuum booster with four wheel drum brakes, I'm wondering if there is a GM disc brake setup I can easily swap off another car?

No I'm not jumping on some BS disc brake band wagon. The drum brakes on this car are shot! It seems the new parts I've found are a small fortune plus add that I've never liked drum brakes ever! They don't stay adjusted in sync with each other so they tend to pull while braking and you have to stand on the pedal hoping you'll stop. Well on the four wheel drums without power assist anyway.

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there are a lot buick only web sites. the forums discuss a lot of stuff, I check there once in while. I have a 425 and trans and the aluminum finned brakes in a corner of the shop waiting for one of the project cars. On a lot of GM cars you can upgrade with later model parts, minimum hassel , find most of the stuff in a wrecking yard and rebuild-replace what's needed.

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I recently picked up a 1963 Buick Electra 225 4 door hard top with a 401 nailhead and a two speed automatic. It has a vacuum booster with four wheel drum brakes, I'm wondering if there is a GM disc brake setup I can easily swap off another car?

No I'm not jumping on some BS disc brake band wagon. The drum brakes on this car are shot! It seems the new parts I've found are a small fortune plus add that I've never liked drum brakes ever! They don't stay adjusted in sync with each other so they tend to pull while braking and you have to stand on the pedal hoping you'll stop. Well on the four wheel drums without power assist anyway.
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Are you looking to sell the 425 and the drums? Too Me....
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I am a hoarder

I keep saying some day I'll get to that project. or mabe one of my grandkids will want to build one of the cars, I remember when my older brother borrowed my welder to do some work on his 57 corvette, I stopped by a month later and He hadn't even plugged it in, I told him to sell it to me, I said I would have it running in a week and painted and new upholstery with in a month. A while back he asked me how I was doing on the black mustang GT> I said I haven't started on it yet. He just said remember bugging him about his the corvette, It's terrible to get old, Not putting in 18 hours a day in the shop.
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58-62 Impala

I've been looking around and the 58-62/63 impalas have the same chassis as the 63 buick. Its the x style frame, there both GM cars so I'm wondering if they are interchangeable?
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tuff X frame

One of the GM X chassis has side rails, I don't remember which one. best if you are going to increase horsepower a lot.
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It's the oldsmobile that has the side rails on the x frame. I'm not building anything serious, just rebuilding the engine with a mild cam, carb and headers. Possibly disc brakes and a st400 trans so it will handle daily driving.
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