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Old 08-28-2006, 07:15 PM
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72 Nova Disk Brake Conversion

I am preparing to do work on my 72 nova this winter. I definitely need to upgrade the stock rear end to something stronger and a lower gear (currently a 2.73). what would it take to upgrade the rear drum brakes to disc? Is this worth doing? The front brakes are still drum and I have no plans or intentions in the short term to upgrade those.

Do I have to change the rear axle housing? Do I keep the rear housing and change the axles?

My funds are limited. I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on this. Please don't recommend anything expensive. It is a low budget project, doing most if not all the work myself. what would I expect to pay for this if I do the work myself.

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Stick with the rear drums. You don't want to have drums on the front and discs on the rear.
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I would definetly upgrade the fronts befor the rear. You can get a SSBC kit for around 600 bucks front and 600 rear. Thats not too bad. They also use all factory parts so if something breaks you just go to a local parts house.
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I would definetly upgrade the fronts befor the rear. You can get a SSBC kit for around 600 bucks front and 600 rear. Thats not too bad. They also use all factory parts so if something breaks you just go to a local parts house.
what do you have on your nova? also, what are you running in the rear in terms of axle housing, axles, ring & pinion, 10 or 12 bolt, etc? did you do any additional welding to the spring perches or axle tubes or is your setup totally stock like my 8.5" 10 bolt.
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My nova is a stock 8.2 10 bolt with 3.08 gears. My perches are fully welded but was like that when I got them. Im throwing a narrowed 9" under it after I build my big block as you can find those anywhere.
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My nova is a stock 8.2 10 bolt with 3.08 gears. My perches are fully welded but was like that when I got them. Im throwing a narrowed 9" under it after I build my big block as you can find those anywhere.
I don't know how easy they are to find where I am (chicago). there are almost no junkyards around here.

what else has to be done to get the 9" in there? can you keep the leaf springs? do you need a new driveshaft? do you use the axles that come with the 9" housing? what about the brakes? I have rear drum now, what would have to be done with that? One more thing: you mentioned a narrowed 9", does that mean you will run a wider than stock tire? Right now I can't run a wider tire because the lower shock mounts are 1" away from rubbing the inside tire wall. the shock mounts would have to be relocated to the inner side of the leaf springs right? I'm running a P235 tire right now.
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There are stock Ford 9" rears that will bolt right in a Nova, in your case one from a 67-70 Mustang/Cougar. You could also use a late 50's rear, an early Mustang one or one from a 70's Granada/Monarch/Versailles. These are narrower than the Nova rear and will require you to put the shocks on the inside.
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