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Front and Rear Brake Upgrades on '65 Belvedere II Inspire Confidence at the Track

Posted by toby on Aug 29, 2013 10:01:42 AM

We’ve been manufacturing model specific brake kits for classic cars since 1983, and while we may sound a little full of ourselves, we think we are pretty good at what we do.  Although all of us here think we offer some of the best brake kits in the business, it’s always nice to hear and read nice things about our products from industry insiders. And this is exactly what happened when we saw a recent installation piece from the folks at Street Legal TV.

Turns out the Street Legal TV guys had taken their 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II out on a few local tracks. They already knew the car’s four wheel drum brakes weren’t up to the job, so they upgraded to factory style front disc brakes.  The upgrade would offer plenty of braking power for sufficient for cruising and daily driving, but the factory upgrade couldn’t take the heat on the track.

The crew at Street Legal TV wanted to keep their 15” rally wheels, but needed a brake upgrade that would allow them to race the car.  If you have been reading our blog or newsletter lately, you probably already know the solution to their dilemma—our new Rallye Series front disc brake conversion kit.  As for the rear brake upgrade, the Street Legal TV crew was interested in our Pro Driver Series rear disc brake kit, but they wondered if a kit designed to fit 16” and larger wheels would do the trick.  We sent them a template and it was determined that the Pro Driver conversion kit would work with just a few minor alterations.

The rest of the write up details a step by step description of the install, and includes some killer pictures which are shown below……

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The conversion didn’t require any special tools or a lift and was completed in a garage in one day.  Other than the brake bleeding, the entire  upgrade was a one-man job.

Once the install was complete, it was time to take the Belvedere to the track.  The guys put the car through the paces, including some hard braking going into hairpin turns.  The results were nothing short of amazing—overall braking performance increased, the brakes didn’t over heat, and the pedal remained firm without requiring a lot of force.  To read the entire story, visit Street Legal TV’s website here, or if you have questions about improving the track braking performance of your classic car, give us a call or visit us online at www.mpbrakes.com.

 

 

 

Topics: brake upgrade, classic cars, conversion kits, drum brakes, front disc brakes, Press, racing, track, 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II, rally wheels, rear disc brakes

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