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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 09, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

I'm looking to buy a power disc brake conversion kit and I have seen price ranges from $600 to $1000 for a basic kit. I am not looking for anything fancy but I am trying to stay with an original appearance. A friend of mine said to make sure the parts are quality and made in Canada or USA. What questions should I ask or where is a good deal to get a kit.


Here is a local ad that I want to look into for the front disc brake conversion.

67Camaro 396BB 750Holley, edlebrock performer,280isky,3.42 posi, turbo 350,stage 2 shift kit, 2800 stall, MSDready to run distributor, headers, 2.5"exhaust, Hotchkis(1.5"/2"drop).(orig.Deep water blue/light blue dlx inter, v8 column shift/bench seat)

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

got mine from from matts. http://www.mattsclassicbowties.com/index1.html
$475 and it was perfect. easy to install and complete. very nice people to deal with.

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

That is a 100 percent stock type kit so you will be fine!

The only thing you may need to look out for is that you may need disc rims if you want to run stock steel rims! Some 14" stock rims clear here too! otherwise it's 15".

The disc rims have a different inner rim rolled contour than the drum rims for caliper clearance!

good luck w/ your install.

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

Yes I have 15" ralleys pdq. It looks like this brake kit is supplied By MBM in North Carolina. I think this is starting to look like a good deal, they even have a video on instalation.

http://www.mbmbrakeboosters.com/Standard.html

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

We sell a lot fo those kits. they are 69 Camaro style kits and worlk on all 3 years of first egn. We sel them for $500 and $80 shipping on the east coast, $100 shipping to the west. They are in stock.
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We sell a lot fo those kits. they are 69 Camaro style kits and worlk on all 3 years of first egn. We sel them for $500 and $80 shipping on the east coast, $100 shipping to the west. They are in stock.
Frank is this brake kit all American made?

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

Right Stuff Detailing makes a fine kit also, they also have new lines available as a kit.

Thats what i used on mine and everything worked out great, no issues whatsoever.
(can;t confirm where everything was made though, you might give them a call to see)

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They ALL buy from MBM. Buy the same exact stuff on Ebay for half that price.
Considering you're in Canada I would buy local since shipping and duty is a factor for you. If you should have a warranty issue it's better for you to deal locally.
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We also have The Right Sruff which is nice stuff. And have awesome deals on full 4 wheel conversions.
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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

How big of a difference in stopping ability will there be when I go from front drum to the front disc set up?

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

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Yes I have 15" ralleys pdq. It looks like this brake kit is supplied By MBM in North Carolina. I think this is starting to look like a good deal, they even have a video on instalation.

http://www.mbmbrakeboosters.com/Standard.html
www.piratejack.net is MBM's online store where they sell to the general public- they have a free shipping deal going on until the end of the month. they have a stock type single piston front disc brake kit that comes with EVERYTHING for $424. i don't know where they source their parts, tho.

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

It will be a huge difference. I made this swap on my 68 last winter. Although I do not drive it much, the difference is amazing. No more "stomp and pray" like with the drums. Also, I do not miss the "which way will it pull this time" effect that I got with the drums. I got mine from Right Stuff and replaced all of the lines as well.
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Frank is this brake kit all American made?

They are ALL made in Asia however appear to be good quality.
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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

You want the CHEAPEST stock part from GM big brake disc setup going, then install my "pdqCBB" 13" 1988 'Vette front and 11.75" 1989 Camaro rear rotor setup BUT you will need to fab the front and rear caliper brackets or get them from Brian and Doug.

Fwiw, my front big, single piston caliper bracket cardboard template is FREE for FREE if you PM me.

The rear use's 1980 Cad Seville e-brake calipers like stock T/A late '70's disc equipped rearends used but w/ 11.75" dia. rotors....

And everything is on my car now!!

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Re: basic drum to disc brake conversion -which brand?

I'm curious what the difference is for the power brake conversion kit from Classic industries which costs $979 part #MD123A compared to the other kits with the same amount of parts for $599. With that much of a difference in price there has to be some sort of quality upgrade??

67Camaro 396BB 750Holley, edlebrock performer,280isky,3.42 posi, turbo 350,stage 2 shift kit, 2800 stall, MSDready to run distributor, headers, 2.5"exhaust, Hotchkis(1.5"/2"drop).(orig.Deep water blue/light blue dlx inter, v8 column shift/bench seat)
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