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oldsjetstar 11-21-2003 09:47 AM

Front disc brake conversion ideas
Hey fellow Hot Rodders.Im new to this forum.Was wondering if anyone has info on doing a disc brake swap on a early 60's olds full size.I own a '64 olds jetstar 88 2 door hardtop,and need an upgrade.The front end needs a rebuild anyway,and parts of this era are getting harder and harder to find.Nothing y'all aint heard,or felt yourselves.Most info I can find seem to apply to cutlasses and that body type.Now I hear the chevy stuff of that era wont swap out either.What might work? Chris

superrodder 11-22-2003 10:20 PM

First is your steering a front or rear steer design?
Then I'd go for a walk through the local junk yards and look at front ends from 70's and 80's rear wheel drive GM's and see what looks similar to what you have.
Gm has been pretty good at keeping the same balljoint pin taper for a long time,so you should be able to use your stock upper and lower comtrol arms and tierods and just install the newer spindles and brakes.
You may have to shorten/lengthen the tierods a bit to get the correct toein and then have the frontend aligned.
Also get the combination valve and master cylinder to match the disc brakes to make them work correctly.
I've done this before on a 55 chevy and on a 57 ford cause at that time I couldn't find anyone that made a kit.
I hope this helps:)

Dave E Shank 11-24-2003 08:53 AM

HEY OLD: Check out they have kits to add disc brakes for most cars....DAVE

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