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Old 01-15-2006, 07:15 AM
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69 Camaro Drum To Disc Conversion

Good Morning all...
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I recently bought back my 1969 camaro Convertible from my now father In-law.......(The things you gotta do!) I originally bought it around 15 years ago and completely restored it. I changed some things like the color, and added the gauges to the console, Did the interior in the Houndstooth. I never hooked up the console gauges. I also see that the tach is available and would like to install that were the gas gauge is now. Most importantly I would like to convert my from drum brakes to disc. I would like to know what to look for at salvage yards to make this conversion. I see lots of posts like this here but would like to know the details involved in this conversion. Thanks a ton in advance................Kelly

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Here's some info:

http://www.oldengine.org/unfaq/leadfoot/discs.htm
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Any of the Olds Cutlas, Chevelle, or Buick of the time period up to about 74-76 will work. When you do find a suitable donor get the spindles, backing plates and everything. Chances are you will have to buy new rotors, but you should do that anyway IMO. Oh and do not reuse the brake lines, renew those also.

When I converted my 69 Camaro to front discs I got them from a 72 Olds Cutlass.

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'69-'74 Novas (and clones) use the same front disc brake parts as a '69 Camaro or Firebird. Spindles from '67-'72 Chevelles & clones can be used, but calipers & steering arms are different. Drum-brake steering arms work if they're from a Camaro or Nova, but if one set is shorter, that set will give you quicker steering. If you can't find the parts, you can have drum-brake spindles machined to disc-brake specs, and aftermarket caliper brackets & backing plates are available. Don't forget a master cylinder and proportioning valve.

www.nnnova.com sells kits, and they also machine spindles, possibly on an exchange basis (buy spindles, send them your old ones later for a refund).
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