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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 14, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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A new old guy

I owned a 67 Chevelle during most of my 20's while my brothers had 60's Cuda and Nova. Well, now I have an inherited 67 stock Camaro with some unique features (on column auto, bucket front, fold down bench back seat) and just needs some TLC.

Car has less than 64k on it. Going to keep the inline 6 250 engine despite antsy kids wanting to power boost it! Floor boards and undercarriage in great shape.

Just removed the seats and carpet. Seats need reupholstered and will be putting in new, but proper carpet.

First big job is converting all drum breaks to disc. Have received the kit from Rick's Camaro's and now trying to decide if I want to do this myself with some help from some volunteers. It's been almost 30 years since I did car work - and never did anything more than replace pads in regards to brakes. A conversion may be over my head, but don't have extra $.

Thoughts & comments?!?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 14, 12:19 PM
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Welcome Greg. In the 30 years since tooling on cars the amount of almost immediate help you can find is amazing. I would say research the conversion process here in existing threads, search youtube for some videos and then ask the Team Camaro community any particulars you are shady on then if you still are uncomfortable, job it out to a local professional but I would try it first if it was me.


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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 14, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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That's my original plan. The car is up on jacks, wheels and brake drum covers are off... and plenty of YouTube...
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Re: A new old guy

Welcome to the site Greg. In your OP you gave the impression you was wanting to keep your 67 stock until you got to converting the brakes. Why the disc brakes if you are keeping the 6 and Power Glide?

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I always tell people that with the right amount of patience, attention to detail, and time, anything can be accomplished. This is no different. Mechanical work on cars is nothing more than a bunch of repetition of this bolt, this hole. That bolt, that hole. As previously stated, most are more than happy to give advice when asked. Best of luck, don't be afraid to ask. I do this for a living and have to ask people.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 14, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Re: A new old guy

Hi Roger - well, in talking to area collectors, I've been told that switching out the brakes is not a "sin!" The bottom line is that I want to feel safe and comfortable driving the car when it is on the road.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 14, 04:42 PM
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Re: A new old guy

Greg if you put disc brakes on I believe you also will need 15" wheels.

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Re: A new old guy

Remember the force stored in the springs. If you are changing to front discs you will likely have to change the spindles. Be AWARE springs can be dangerous. Read the past threads.
And if you have it that much apart new bushings and ball joints may be a good idea.

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Welcome Greg!
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Greg if you put disc brakes on I believe you also will need 15" wheels.

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He won't necessarily need 15" wheels (although that would work) but he will need an appropriate rim to clear the calipers. That's what they made Rally Wheels (in a 14" diameter in 67) for...

To the OP: If you change to disc brakes you won't be able to use the stock steel rims. Check this out: http://www.camaros.org/suspen.shtml#Wheels

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I know I will need new bushings, but do you think I will need new ball joints and spindles? Only been driven by a couple "old guys" for a total of less than 64k mikes. 2 owners, my great uncle and my grandfather.

I am starting to think you guys all work in sales for a service department! LOL (just kidding - I appreciate all of the advice and suggestions.)

BTW - the springs DO scare me!! I will be seeking professional help for these.
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If it were mine, I think I would have simply gone to "power" brakes, and go through the complete brake system, to keep it as original as possible, with added safety. This may be a moote point if you can't return the kit.
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congrats and good luck


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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 14, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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If it were mine, I think I would have simply gone to "power" brakes, and go through the complete brake system, to keep it as original as possible, with added safety. This may be a moote point if you can't return the kit.
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Hmmm. That is an interesting idea / concept. I have only opened the boxes from Right Stuff to ensure that everything is there. Nothing has been handled or installed yet. I will look into this! Thanks.
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Welcome, Greg.
Congrats on the '67 from family.
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Good suggestions given by Ragtop (George), and from FTF (Sean) and 69Pace (Brian).
You might look into purchasing a reproduction service manual, chassis manual and AIM (Assembly Instruction Manual) for the year of Camaro from most any aftermarket supplier.
Another book is an older Motors Manual for the year, or inclusive year, they span six years, and read up on the instructions how-to-do front ends and other items. Amazon.com?

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