conversion to front disc brakes on the '60-'70 GM trucks is a fairly involved
process, but the Early Classic Enterprises kit comes with everything needed for
installation, including the master cylinder, proportioning valve and brake
lines. This brake upgrade kit includes a set of 2.5-inch drop spindles. For
truck owners not wanting to lower their ride, ECE also manufactures a
stock-height disc-brake spindle.
FTER WE ENTHUSIASTS PUT A
STRONG SMALL-BLOCK CHEVY (OR BIGGER) ENGINE IN OUR PICKUPS IN SEARCH OF
WHITE-KNUCKLING ACCELERATION, WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE OTHER PART OF THE
EQUATION: SLOWING EVERYTHING DOWN.
The mid-'60s (and some of the
early-'70s) Chevy pickups originally came with drum front brakes. They require
too much brake pedal pressure, they fade after one big stop and they aren't very
powerful. Frankly, they suck. It takes only one trip down the street in an
original old truck to realize how far technology has advanced in the last 30
years or so. It's no surprise that brakes (and suspension) are generally first
on the "to-do" list of most truck owners.
Fortunately, there are several
choices available to help with these problems. For nearly 10 years, Early
Classic Enterprises has been manufacturing brake and suspension upgrade kits for
the '60-'72 Chevy and GMC trucks. With their help we showcase here the
installation of a front disc-brake conversion on a '66 C-10 pickup.
only will this upgrade kit give you modern stopping power, the lowered stance
(if desired) will improve the looks and handling of your classic, too. Early
Classic Enterprises also has 1.5-inch drop-front coil springs and drop shocks
for these trucks. You can end up with a full 4-inch drop if you want
Early Classic Enterprises Dept. TB, 5843 E. Clinton Ave., Fresno, CA 93727,
2. To begin the installation, the truck needs to be
supported either on a lift or using jack-stands to raise the suspension and
allow the front tires to be removed. At this point, the outer tie-rod ends are
loosened and then popped free from the steering arm to allow the spindle to turn
back and forth for better access to the ball joints.
3. The wheel
bearings and hub are then removed, along with the old brake drum. This also
allows more access to remove the stock spindle.