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I've got a 1970 Chevelle clone SS 502. It is in the final stages of a repaint to show standards. Since I have it completly torn down, I am doing all the things this winter that I did't want to do when it was in one piece, like A/C and new brakes. It presently has 4 wheel drums. I would like some recomendations for new kits with 4 wheel discs, from people that have gone through this already. Price is always an issue, but you get what you pay for, right?
Let me know company names and part # and $ please. Thanks.


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Why not pirate a rear disc brake assembly from a 1979-81 WS6 Firebird, or a 1976-79 Seville? The Seville used a 5 x 5 bolt pattern, and you might have to locate WS6 rotors.

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I really don't have the time to go junkyard shopping. Since I got a decent job I haven't put any used pieces on this car either. The car will be mostly for show and I want a complete bolt on system.
 

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Since used parts are out and show quality is important I suggest you get a 1999 Wilwood Engineering Cagalog - $5.00 - or give them a call. They can do anything with brakes but they aren't cheap.

www.wilwood.com

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It's pretty simple then:

First, check how much you can spend

Second, call the following companies and pick on which fits your pocket:

Wilwood
Baer
Brembo (if you have deep pockets)
Aerospace
Stainless Steel Brakes.

All are good, and all will do the job. What you'll need to do is figure out what your specific needs are (racing, street, strip, etc) and then speak with the reps from each to see what they offer. Some are better suited than others for different applications. For example, Satinless Steel Brakes are fine if you just want to add some additional stopping power on your drive home from work, but I (personally) wouldn't use them in a racing situation.

Likewise, if it -is- just for driving home from work, forget Brembo unless you feel the need to throw away a lot of money. Excellent equipment (it's OEM on Porsche, etc.) , but the definition of overkill for that situation.

From what I've seen both here and in my own searching, you're looking at $1500-$1700 for a good 4 wheel setup. More if you aren't doing the install yourself.

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Thanks. I've got all the major catalogs, and have looked all over them. The best form of advertising is word of mouth though. I was hoping that a few fellow Chevelle lovers had gone through the same swap and had some personnel feelings about the various kits. i.e. whether or not CCP was a better buy than SSB, if Vette Brakes was more complete than Baer, etc. I need everything to fit inside 15" billet Centerlines, so the max performance brakes are out. I'm just looking for the $900 fronts and $600 rears that everyone advertises in the major magazines. The prices don't fluctuate much between the complete kits. I was just going to add fronts this year, but don't want to pull off a perfectly good master cylinder and booster to upgrade to rear discs in the near future. So I figured why not do it all now.


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Ok, that helps slim it down some more.

Vette Brakes: We used their stuff on our 72 Vette a number of years ago. All of was quality stuff. And as a statement to the type of business they run, we called about a caliper which needed some minor work, and they offered to take care of it even though quite a bit of time has passed.

On a scale of quality, I thing their all close, but if I had to rank them, I'd put put Baer and Wilwood at the top (ok, Brembo at the top, but not for 15 inch rims)

I've seen a number of cars at the track with Aerospace sets, but I suspect that's due to their being puched by Jegs, not because people took the time to research them. Of course, they must work well otherwise I would have seen lots of crashes.

Stinky1 has done some extensive research in this area and has a thread on it in the Brakes section. Here's a link to the post:

http://www.chevelles.com/forum/Forum7/HTML/000832.html

I myself am looking at the Wilwood set, and the post on that is here:

http://www.chevelles.com/forum/Forum7/HTML/000847.html

There are a few guys here who have the Wilwoods and seem to be pretty happy with them.

Hope this is of use

Kurt

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I would like to hear more about this convershion of rear discs off of a 1979-81 WS6 Firebird, or a 1976-79 Seville. do they bolt right up?? what about the parking break cable? what is required?

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This was just talked about recently with all the information. Could have been on the Camaro page. Just did this swap using the 79-81 disk. Yes everything is a bolt on. Parking brake cables will work from this setup but I did this on a Camaro. I believe when this was discussed before the parking brake cable interfered with a shock mount or something on one side on a Chevelle. But it still worked. Using the TA master cylinder is a bolt on. May have to cut or lengthen the pushrod coming out of the booster. I had to cut mine and it took about ten minutes total. No big deal. You will need a different proportioning valve. I used a Wilwood adj one I got through Summit for $40. They work great. You can also use the setup off a newer 82-92 Camaro or Firebird using the older master cylinder. But the older system has larger rotors and everything seems heavier duty so I like it more then the new ones.
 
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