My son also drives a 59 Bel Air and he has had two spindles fail. Both were on the right side at low speed making a right hand turn. We've both been a little uncomfortable with old spindles ever since.59 wagon man said:why do you want new spindles if your happy with the ride height and already have disc brakes?
I don't know the brand, it was about 4 years ago. It's basically a bracket that bolts to the old spindle, and uses an early Chevelle caliper. I use a 7" diaphram for the power assist, I had a 9" and couldn't get the valve covers of my small block. The pedal pressure is more but I like the feel of it. The conversion I use does push the front wheels out far enough where lining up the front end is difficult.poncho62 said:But, what did you use to convert to disks?
I want to do the same....
mark, the guy who runs scarebird is a pontiac guy. nothing but quality stuff and safe when installed correctly.poncho62 said:Are the brackets from these guys?
I am asking because I have bought a set of brackets from them for my 62, which I havn't installed yet. They use later Malibu rotors and Chevy S10 calipers. I am planning to use my original power booster and a later dual master cylinder and matching proportioning valve..........Was just wondering how you did it.
BTW, I don't think there are any factory spindles that will match up with these front ends.
Don't you have this backwards?????55 dude said:here is a tip to correctly install one. the night before installing put the inner bearing adaptor in the freezer. take your spindle and put it in the oven at 200 degrees on old cookie sheet for 30-45 minutes. get a piece of schedule 80 pvc pipe slide inner adaptor on spindle and carefully use pipe to seat adaptor on spindle. assemble these parts the same as you would a motor, carefully! good luck
Bryan, thanks for the info, I'll look them up. By the way, in the last three weeks I bought four 59 El Caminos, most of them are junk but will try to make one good one. I love my Impala but want a truck to carry a dirt bike and maybe a couple of mopeds when my wife and I travel. There is a chance I'll be in San Antonio this Wednesday to see my daughter at Ft. Sam Houston. I would like to see your El Camino. The picture of my car has only been published on this forum as far as I know.Bryan59EC said:I think I saw some new spindles available for the 59-54 thru
Stock height and designed for disc brakes
BS7001 58-64 289.95
Will work with factory 11" or aftermaket 12" or !3" rotors
Bolt on steering arm allows for all steering systems.
Page 470 Catalog B2006
Have I seen that avatar car on another web site somwhere????
Sure looks familiar.
00PS! you are correct heat the inner bearing adaptor and freeze the spindle :drunk:Bryan59EC said:Don't you have this backwards?????
Such as-----warm the adaptor to make it bigger
cool the spindle to make it smaller
I honestly don't know----have never done this
But I have warmed up a crank sprocket so it would slide on---once cooled
it had to be pulled off with a puller