In previous posts, we have discussed the safety and performance rationales for upgrading to disc brakes. Unless you have a rare, factory original classic ride that spends most of its time in a museum or the garage, you should consider upgrading to disc brakes. As a classic car enthusiast, you are sharing the road with cell phone toting, text messaging drivers who drive newer cars that come equipped with disc brakes and ABS. The rationale for upgrading to disc brakes seems pretty obvious. The tricky part comes after you’ve made the decision to do the upgrade—should I convert the front end only or both the front and rear brakes?
We recently received a note from the owner of a 65 Mustang asking us to justify the cost and expense of converting his car from drum to disc brakes. We field this question on a regular basis, so we thought it made sense to share our thoughts with our readers.
Most classic car owners are willing to invest large sums of money on custom paint jobs, new interiors, and re-built or upgraded engines restorations. At the same time, many of these same owners balk at investing restoration funds on new brakes. Obviously, we think this is a mistake, but even if didn't sell brakes, we would urge classic car owners to consider swapping out inefficient drum brake systems for disc brake technology.
Named to tap into the nation’s fascination with newly created space program, the Ford Galaxie was an instant classic that combined performance and value with distinctive styling. Manufactured in model years 1959-1974, the Ford Galaxie was a full-sized car designed to compete with the Chevy Impala. Older Galaxies are in decent supply, so Ford enthusiasts have been able to acquire these classics for reasonable prices in recent years. We just heard from the owner of a 1963 Galaxie looking to upgrade his drum brakes, and since there are so many of these cars on the road, we figured it made sense to share some advice with our readers.
The E-Body Dodge Challenger was a late but popular pony car response to the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro that came with a wide variety of trim and option packages, including virtually every engine in the Mopar lineup. Challengers built between 1970 and 1974 represent an important slice of American automotive history, so for our Mopar faithful, we manufacture front disc brake conversion kits and rear disc brake conversion kits for vehicles manufactured from 1970-1974.
We recently received a customer note asking about options for a 1970 Challenger, so we figured we should share our response with all of you Mopar fans out there. We manufacture three different disc brake conversion kits designed specifically a 1970 Dodge Challenger. Each kit comes as a bolt-on solution, so you won’t need to make modifications during installation, and we have options for every budget and driving style.
The Chevelle is without question, one of the most popular mid-sized Chevrolets ever sold. Outstanding performance, great style, and an affordable sticker price made this GM legend one of the most recognizable icons from the muscle car era. If you attend just about any car show anywhere in the country, this timeless classic is typically one of the most common mid-size vehicles in attendance. For all of these reasons, we felt it was important to offer Chevelle front disc brake and rear disc brake conversion kits for vehicles manufactured from 1964-1972. We recently received an inquiry from the owner of a 1968 Chevelle asking about available front disc brake conversion kit options, so we figured we would share our answer with our readers.
The good news is that Master Power Brakes specializes in make/model/year specific front disc brake conversion kits that are designed specifically for our reader’s 1968 Chevelle. Just like with other makes/models, we have three available options.
In the past year or so, the 1963-1972 Ford trucks have definitely become a hot commodity. Master Power Brakes has always had and provided a disc brake conversion solution for these trucks, but our kits included a spindle from a later application that required removal of the king pins during installation. This is not the end of the world but it does mean an additional step that nobody enjoys--especially if king pin replacement isn’t necessary. The spindles from our older kits have become very difficult to obtain so we decided it was time for a change. Our new front disc brake conversion kits for older Ford trucks are a huge improvement!
This is one of those age old, heated debates with no right or wrong answer. At the end of the day, the decision to upgrade your car depends on a variety of factors. Is your car a daily driver or a trailer queen that hitches rides to shows? Is your classic one of those rare, numbers matching originals? How important is resale value? Safety?
Converting your 65 Mustang from drum to front disc brakes is a weekend upgrade project that will improve braking reliability and performance for years to come. Like most muscle cars from this era, the 1965 Ford Mustang came equipped with drum brakes off the assembly line. There are some enthusiasts who insist on keeping their cars as close to the original look and feel as possible – and we get that.
At the same time, there are a number of reasons why folks convert from drum to front disc brakes.
Master Power Brakes offers a complete line of Disc Brake Conversion Kits for the Mopar applications. We can supply with you with a disc brake kit for Mopars as far back as 1935 and all the way up through the early 1970’s.
Do you have a 1964 to 1972 Chevelle with drum brakes? How about a first generation Camaro in need of a brake upgrade? A '68-'74 Nova that doesn’t stop like it should? Our GM Front Disc Brake Kits can make all your brake troubles go away.