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?
Currently, we have a beautiful, ’62 Impala belonging to a local customer sitting in our Mooresville, NC facility. We met the owner of this classic last year at a local Goodguys event and he was interested in upgrading to disc brakes. Although we have a Legend Series kit that would have worked great on his car, our customer was looking for a bit of an upgrade….a little more style….and additional performance too.
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.