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Old 06-12-2004, 04:58 PM
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rear disc brake conversion

Hi Guys, I'm new to this so please bear with me. I have an 85 ElCamino that I would like to convert the rear drums to disc. I would like to do it with factory parts, as opposed to using specialty equipment like Global West or any other aftermarket products. I've heard that Ford Explorer or Cadillac Seville might work, but I don't know which would be the best way to go.
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Personally I would stick with GM components if you do not want to go with aftermarket. Look for Camaros, Firebirds, Monte Carlos and such that have rear disc brakes.

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Old 06-13-2004, 07:29 PM
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The Camaro rear components will be the easiest to find, and most parts will be a direct swap.
I plan on doing this same thing with my Malibu, which has the same axle you are dealing with, the 7.5 inch.

Unless by some odd chance you had changed it to the G-body 8.5 inch, then you would have to look for 94-96 Chevy Impala disc brake parts.

Some fabrication may be required either way.
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Thanks M&M,
I know it's a stock rear with posi. I can't wait to start on this car, because this ones mine. I'm doing a frame off 69 Chevelle SS convertible for my son-in-law, a 61 Vette with a big block for a friend of mine, a 67 Mustang GT clone for his son, and a 70 Monte for another friend. I don't know where I'm finding the time.

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Ed, take a look at the early '70's Caddy rear discs, they have the e-brake incorporated into the caliper. I have them on my '68 Nova with fabricated brackets on a 9" but they might bolt up to GM factory disc assemblys from the same era.

Good luck, Larry
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Old 06-18-2004, 04:38 PM
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Thanks Larry,
I have to research all the possibilities. Checked out your slide show on the Nova. Excellent!!!

Thanks, Ed
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