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Old 08-10-2004, 03:47 PM
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drum to disc conversion.

I was wondering what is the cheapest i could be while doing my drum to disc conversion. I have a 1970 lemans w/o power brakes. I want to put a stronger motor in but my dad will not let me until i get discs up front. i am on a TINY (very small) budget and i was wondering how cheap can i do this... I don even care about using all new componets sheesh actaully i want to use as much used stuff as i possibly can. haha well thanks alot guys anything helps...
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Wise move on the disc conversion. You'll need spindles, rotors, calipers, caliper brackets, hoses, proportioning valve, master cylinder, backing plates, all associated attaching hardware & plumbing.

Other cars you can use for donors are '69-'72 Chevelle, Cutlass, LeMans, & Skylark. Spindles & rotors from '68-'74 Nova (& clones), & '69 Camaros will fit, but don't use their steering arms, which will bolt up, but will screw up the steering geometry. '67-'68 parts from all those cars will also work, but they use the 4-piston calipers which are prone to leakage & more expensive to fix.

Semi-metallic pads usually work much better than stock replacement ones. I say usually because I bought some that said "Raybestos", but weren't actually made by Raybestos, & they fade badly.
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Is there a kit i can get to do this or will it be cheaper by finding all of the used stuff?
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isnt there like a new car that i could get a kit off of. For example a friend of my dads has a '55 (i believe) t-bird and for $150 he got all the brakes and componets off of a ford fiesta. i guess it bolts right up. Is it possible that i could do somthin like that?

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You can try Summit or Jegs as well and see if they have a disc brake kit. We just bought a kit from Summit for our 74' Truck project and it ran around $650 or so. You will have to buy a new master cylinder and hoses as stated in another post, but if you call Summit or Jegs they can tell you what you need as well or should be able to if they have it available.
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is there a way of gettin super stoping power out of disc breaks? like i said im 17 and on a small budget and my dad will help fund a new motor as long as i get good breaks.
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Honestly

To be honest, you won't get away with converting to disc for less than $450.00 If you find a way to do it cheaper, I'd stick with the drums!
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well how about this you said that the 69 camaro discs would fit? there is a 63 impala sitting in my back yard that someone put camaro discs on i was wondering how i could tell if they would fit my car. is there numbers i could look up?
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power steering and disk brakes

hi hopfally you can answer my ? I got a 1972 Chevy El Cameno and i wount to put power steering and switch from drum to disk brakes on it do you know off of what car/ truck i could take it off of that it would work off of or if you dont if you can give me some info on how to find out the answer to my ? thenk you dan
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