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Old 08-23-2005, 11:37 AM
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Corvair Disc Brake Conversion

Has anyone out there done a front disc brake conversion on a 65-69 Corvair using donor parts?

The kits I found are too expensive. They had one kit for the 60-64 Corvair and another for the 65-69. One kit looked ok, but the other kit was REALLY funky looking, and they did not say which kit would fit my car.

I found this 62-67 Chevy II conversion article that is pretty detailed:

...the A-arms look a lot like the ones on my Corvair, but drums are wider.
I should be able to use the steps in this article for the procedure, but need a (different?) list of parts and which cars they should come from to do the job on the Corvair.

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Originally Posted by tcruise

The kits I found are too expensive..
A lot of the time................the more expensive route is the cheapest route in the long run........everything works.....and you don't end up with a abortion...

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Cheap alternative

I found a company that makes brackets that work with commonly available disc brake parts, instead of using "custom" brake parts (not sure where they get the brake parts, but I bet they are stock brakes for some GM car):

The brackets cost $75 per pair. You have to supply the brake parts, have the flange on the hubs turned down to clear the rotor hat (I think this is also true for the $475 kit for 65-69 Corvairs with 14" wheels that includes all the brake parts sold by Corvair Underground), replace the studs with longer ones and remove some material from the calipers.
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Be advised that many 14" wheels that came on '60s GM drum-brake cars will not clear the calipers on a disc conversion.
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