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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 15, 4:30 PM Thread Starter
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ok - so in many places I have read that one can swap the 68-72 spindles into my 1967 chevelle
So I traded for a complete setup from a 68 car

get it home and realize two things - the 68 spindles are one piece and my 67 are two piece as the steering arm bolts on
the second thing is that there is about an 1 /14" difference in the length of the steering arms with the 68 being longer than the 67s

so I guess I need to know if the spindles will in fact bolt onto my ball joints and if the longer steering arms are going to cause a steering issue? Seems to me it would take more steering box turns to get the same turning ??\
Is there enough adjustment in the tie rods for the extra length?
For sure I will need a front end alignment?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 15, 7:46 PM
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If your "68 spindles" are one piece they are not 68-72 chevelle. The 69-72 spindles are like the 67-68 drum spindles with the exception of the top bolt that holds the caliper bracket. That bolt hole is taller on the drum brake spindle. You can grind about 3/4" off and use them with 69-72 disc brakes


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All 64-72 Chevelle spindles had bolt on steering arms, if yours don't, they're not.

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sounds like he has Camaro spindles.

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. . . . . . or B-body.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 15, 10:41 AM
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Re: spindle swap

will Camaro spindles work for this swap ? a friend wanted to give me some from a '72 camaro for my 68 el co swap but they looked completely different.
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Re: spindle swap

Ken the spindles you received may not work. If GM the ball joint tapers are different, steering arms too long and will be a lot of work to use. If aftermarket the rotors and calipers will be G body parts, 10" rotors and small calipers.
Try and get your old ones back. Like Thomas said the ones you had are easily converted to disc spindles by machining some material off the top bolt boss. Spindles with the steering arms cast in are either GM or after market.

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If your "68 spindles" are one piece they are not 68-72 chevelle. The 69-72 spindles are like the 67-68 drum spindles with the exception of the top bolt that holds the caliper bracket. That bolt hole is taller on the drum brake spindle. You can grind about 3/4" off and use them with 69-72 disc brakes
Thomas, so you are saying I could swap the spindles et al from a 69-72 onto my '65 El Camino and have a "Factory" front disc brake upgrade?
Rock auto research tells me that the Ball joints are the same, tie rods are same to '70, but didn't check beyond that.
( taking in to consideration Master cylinder, proportioning valve etc.)
As far as cutting / grinding / machining down the top boss to accommodate disc brakes vice drums.... I have done this before (on a '67 Nova, It works)

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Thomas, so you are saying I could swap the spindles et al from a 69-72 onto my '65 El Camino and have a "Factory" front disc brake upgrade?
Rock auto research tells me that the Ball joints are the same, tie rods are same to '70, but didn't check beyond that.
( taking in to consideration Master cylinder, proportioning valve etc.)
As far as cutting / grinding / machining down the top boss to accommodate disc brakes vice drums.... I have done this before (on a '67 Nova, It works)
Not Thomas, but yes you could either swap to the 69-72 disc brake spindle, or modify the top boss of your current drum brake spindles and then use the rest of the 69-72 disc parts to switch to disc brakes.
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. . . . . . or B-body.
or 78 and newer "metric" spindles... or aftermarket spindles, perhaps even lowering spindles that use the smaller "metric" rotor and matching caliper...

if they are dimensionally the same as the drum spindles, then throw them on and use them. if they are different, then make your existing drum spindles into disc spindles and either use a reproduction caliper bracket from www.piratejack.net with rotors, bearings, seals, and calipers from your favorite local parts store for a 70 Chevelle or get rotors, calipers, and brackets for something like a 98-02 Camaro (99 and newer Grand Prix use the same rotors with single piston cast iron calipers, too) if you want something a little more modern..

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