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Old 12-11-2004, 02:30 PM
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72 Nova Disc brakes/ s-10 swap?

Can I put S10 upper and lower a arms, spindles, rotors on a 72 Nova?

If not what junkyard car do I look for?

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Several years of camaro disc brakes assembles will fit the Nova's.

A search on here or google will get you all the information you will need.

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http://www.hotrodders.com/t12464.html

Google spit out the answer^^^^

I can't use anything later? Those are too hard to come by out here.

Oh, and I feel like I'm answering myself being you have the same avatar! When will my siggy and avatar show up?
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Just make sure you get everything from the donor car:

Spindles
Rotors
Calipers
Master cylinder
ALL brake lines
ALL mounting hardware
Proportioning valve (do not forget this small part) it is usually bolted to the frame and all the brake line go into it, front and back.

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For single-piston calipers (the most common & easiest to find replacement parts for), '69 Camaros & '69-'74 Novas (and clones of these cars), are what to look for. Spindles & rotors from '69-'72 Chevelles/clones will work, but calipers & steering arms will not.

Dont forget the master cylinder & proportioning valve.
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The whole assm. will work off of any of the GM mid size cars up to 74. If they come off of a front steer just switch sides with the steering arms. You will probably buy new rotors, calipers,hoses and master cylinder if the donor has been setting for very long.

Another route is to use your drum spindles and cut .610 off of the top mount, buy backing plates and caliper brackets and the rest you would get at the parts store anyway.

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I went threw this on my 67 rear steer. There are a bunch of doner cars. BUT when I started calling salvage yards, All were picked over or crushed. One of the old junk yard guys told me that cars were bring so much at the crusher that the old ones dont stand a chance. There alot of good complete kits out there with all new stuff for less than 500.00. And I think theres one convertion kit in the nova magazine that sells caliper brackets to fit drum spindles.Good luck
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Switching sides to use front-steer (Chevelle, etc.) steering arms could cause bump-steer problems due to improper height of the outer tie rod ends. Your drum-brake Nova arms will work fine on a disc-brake spindle.

If you do score some junkyard Nova or Camaro arms, check & see if they are longer or shorter than yours. Shorter steering arms will give you quicker steering, although it will increase steering effort proportionately, but then you wanted bigger muscles, right? The shorter arms are usually found on power-steering cars.
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I've switched sides with the arms on several hundred changeovers and never had one problem. Of course if they are the wrong angle or length, then I would hunt for some others.

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I can't tell you if they fit or not but s-10 brakes would be the last thing I would wish on anyone! If you are going to swap in some disc brakes at least make it some worth your while.

You might want to look into B-body brakes. I know there are kits out there for G-bodies and I swapped some B-body brakes into my s10. I think they can also be made to work on other cars. They are 12" and the taller spindles help to fix the roll center which will make it handle better (factory the roll center is below ground!). Do a search on google and here for "B-body" and disc conversion.
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You cant do the tall spindle swap on the rear steer cars. Taller spindles such as from B body and 70+ Camaro will put the tierod too high, and steering will suffer.
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They can be used, but you have to buy special a arms and steering arms in a kit. A lot to pay for a little bigger brake, but they do give better steering geometry.

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