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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 09, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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68 Disk Brake Upgrade "WOW"

I changed my 68 front power drum brakes over to power disks and all I can say is "WOW". If I would have know that it made this much difference in overall driving I would have changed them years ago. Not only does it stop much, much better it made driving a heck of a lot more enjoyable. Now I don't have to worry about hitting the brakes hard and have it pull one way or the other, especially in a curve. I just can't believe what a hugh improvement in driving pleasure it made. So anyone thinking about changing over to front disks, think no longer, just get out and do it!!!
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Re: 68 Disk Brake Upgrade "WOW"

I have to say that in ALL my years of driving manual brake car's, I had never experienced anything like the 1st time I nailed our old '77 AMC Matador 4-dr 6-bangers front PDB's in a panic stop!

And me and my old '67's wanna drag your foot drums here as a comparison!!

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 09, 10:36 PM
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Good brakes are nice
Also the day after I went disk brakes some broad pulled out in front of me,
I would of hit her with the old drums!
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I was amazed in how much better my 67 stopped with discs, best value for the money.
The second best money spent on my 67 was a good 4 core radiator, nothing like driving along and watching the temp gauge rise higher and higher to spoil a trip!

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I changed my 68 front power drum brakes over to power disks and all I can say is "WOW". If I would have know that it made this much difference in overall driving I would have changed them years ago. Not only does it stop much, much better it made driving a heck of a lot more enjoyable. Now I don't have to worry about hitting the brakes hard and have it pull one way or the other, especially in a curve. I just can't believe what a hugh improvement in driving pleasure it made. So anyone thinking about changing over to front disks, think no longer, just get out and do it!!!
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This is usefull info to some of us who have yet to make the switchover. Tell us which kit you used and how the install went.
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Now put a 3rd gen steering box in it. That's the other "must have" cheap upgrade for driveability.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 09, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 Disk Brake Upgrade "WOW"

I got the complete kit from Summit Racing, it included everything that I needed to make the conversion. I ran into the normal problems associated with a project like this, you know "Murphey" don't you! But overall it went better than I expected. I had to buy a tubing flair tool because a couple of the new brake lines had the wrong fittings on the end that went into the proportional valve. Make sure you bench bleed the master cylinder and get a good set of tubing nut wrenches. It took me one whole day to make the switch, and the wife almost divorced me before we finished bleeding the brakes. She pumped more that day than in all the years we have been married put together, God love her. Go ahead and make the conversion, you won't believe how much more you will enjoy driving your classic Camaro. I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
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Mike, Did this kit push your front wheels out at all? Did you have to change the spindles?

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Tom, Yes I had to change the spindles and it did set each wheel out about 1/4". I had a little tire rub until I had the front end aligned. I guess after 40 years the old spindles had some sag in them. You can rework your spindles for disk brakes, and if you will search there are several threads on this subject.
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