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Front end for a '56 Buick Special

does anyone know of a front end with disk or a disk brake conversion that will fit nicely in the front of a 2 door 1956 buick Special, or a whole frame with disks all around that has similar dimensions?

how hard would it be to install '55 chevy spindles on this car?

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Old 08-19-2007, 02:33 PM
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Front end for a '56 Buick Special

Scarebird has a disc brake conversion for your car. http://www.scarebird.com/
If you are not familiar with their progaram, it is hotrod freindly.
When you order their brackets (around $135) they will come with the brackets and if necessary the spacers to make the disc hub fit your spindle. It will also come the the list of parts you can aquire anywhere. the hubs, rotors, calipers, flex hoses , etc. So you can buy new, or used.
they take care to design the brackets for rotors and calipers that are easy to find and reasonably priced. I didn't look to see if they have a tech articl for your particular application. If it is not on their site you can call and get it. That would cover the details, like whether it will widen your front track, whether you need 15 inch wheels to clear the calipers, etc. May even touch on whether the original MC is sufficient or whether that needs an upgrade.
Basically answers all your questions. I have not heard a discouraging word on their products. Good luck
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thanks for the help, but im curious as to if these will fit 2" drop spindles. i got your PM and im now thinking about doing the Ball Joint conversion. my problem is i live in Montreal, so combing a junkyard full of classics is an option few and far apart, so finding the 58 suspension may be an issue, but i am a welder/fabricator, so i may do some extensive customisation.
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56 Buick front end

Too much to go into here, but there are options. On one 49 Olds we used the original lower A frames and just cut off the king pin mount and welded in a ball joint support (Ford courier if I remember right). We used 58 Buick upper control arms on that one. Used an entire spindle/disc brake setup from a chevy. Guy owned a yard and had pulled a pile of possible parts so I'm not 100% sure what came from what, but we put it together and it worked. Your car has a basic upper and lower control arm/ coil spring/ shock setup, so it can be modified for chevy drop spindles, disc brakes, most anything, without a frame stub.
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Forgot to mention, FWIW, once you figure out what you want to do, there are several yards that will ship parts to you. I'm in Texas and got my control arms from south dakota.
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...we used the original lower A frames and just cut off the king pin mount and welded in a ball joint support....
I'm quoting you here for emphasis. I don't understand why this sort of splicing isn't done more often. You can have virtually any kind of spindle and any kind of stance with a little cutting and welding. Consider this before you start thinking about swapping frames. This is much, MUCH simpler!

Good work.

(And, yes, I realize there are issues like steering linkage and bump steer and anti-dive and instant center changes to consider. Any change taken must be after the use of a little common sense.)

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re: S10 to '49 Olds?

just a follow up guys. finally got around to doing a wiki for the crankshaft coalition "37 to 57 Buick Olds Pont suspension upgrade" May give you some ideas for these old ladies.
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OLDGUY829, thanks for the WIKI article on the BOP upgrade, couldn't have been timed better. The day you posted it I was disassembling the front end of my 1951 Pontiac and figuring out where to go with it. I hooked up with a friend to make a visit tomorrow to a 'by appointment only' yard that closed down 20 years ago. Lots of 40's, 50's and 60's stuff waiting to be had. Now I know what to watch for.
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re: Front end for a '56 Buick Special

glad it was useful to someone. Does it need editing? I tend to ramble and try to cover too much.
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The Pontiac spindles that style in the conversion go up to 70. If you were lucky enough to find a 69-70 Pontiac they had optional disc brakes with single calipers but rotors are about impossible to find new, so make sure the rotors are good. 67-68 full size Pontiac had disc brakes but 4 caliper Corvette style calipers and aren't worth the hassle IMO, same deal on the rotors.
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