WITH THE OUTER TIE ROD REMOVED AND THE BALL JOINTS LOOSENED, THE BRAKE HOSE IS DISCONNECTED FROM THE STEEL LINE ON THE CROSSMEMBER. THE CALIPER IS THE SAME ON THE C-20 AS THE ONE ON THE C-10, BUT DUE TO THE MILEAGE AND WEAR, THE DECISION WAS MADE TO REPLACE THEM.  IF YOUR ORIGINAL CALIPERS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION, THEY CAN BE REUSED WITH THE NEW CONVERSION SPINDLES.


AFTER SLIGHTLY RAISING THE LOWER CONTROL ARM TO RELIEVE THE COIL SPRING PRESSURE, THE ENTIRE OLD SPINDLE AND ROTOR ASSEMBLY IS REMOVED.



STAN WANTED THIS SUBURBAN TO BE DOWN IN THE WEEDS, SO A SET OF EARLY CLASSIC DROP FRONT COIL SPRINGS AND KYB SHOCKS WILL ALSO BE INSTALLED.  ADDING TO THE PILE OF TAKE-OFF PARTS ARE THE OLD FRONT COILS AND WORN-OUT SHOCK ABSORBERS.  AN HOUR OR SO OF WIRE BRUSHING, DEGREASING, AND A LITTLE PAINT GOES A LONG WAY TOWARD MAKING THE FINISHED JOB LOOK THAT MUCH BETTER.


ECE OFFERS MANY DIFFERENT COIL SPRINGS FOR THE '60-'72 GM TRUCKS IN BOTH SMALL- AND BIG-BLOCK ENGINE APPLICATIONS.  THE SPINDLES PROVIDE A 2.5-INCH DROP, WHILE THE COILS ADD ANOTHER 1.5-INCHES FOR A TOTAL OF 4 INCHES IN FRONT.  THE NEW KYB SHOCKS WILL HELP DAMPEN THE BUMPS AND SMOOTH OUT THE RIDE.

THE BEAUTY OF THE ECE SPINDLE IS THAT IT'S MACHINED TO ACCEPT THE FACTORY C-20 BALL JOINTS AND TIE RODS, ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR CHANGING OUT ALL THE FRONT-END PARTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM FIT.  THE UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS ARE THEN TORQUED DOWN TO THE PROPER SPECS.

EARLY CLASSIC ALSO INCLUDES NEW BACKING PLATE DUST SHIELDS, WHICH MOUNT ONTO THE SPINDLES BEFORE THE ROTOR IS INSTALLED.

THE NEW FEDERAL MOGUL WHEEL BEARINGS NEED TO BE GREASED, WHICH CAN BE DONE USING A SPECIAL BEARING PACKER, OR THE OLD WAY USING YOUR PAWS AND A HANDFUL OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE GREASE.  THIS IS A GREAT JOB FOR THE NEIGHBOR WHO ALWAYS WANTS TO HELP OUT ON YOU PROJECTS.

THE INNER BEARINGS ARE INSTALLED INTO THE BACK OF THE ROTOR, FOLLOWED BY THE INNER GREASE SEALS, WHICH ARE GENTLY TAPPED INTO PLACE.  THE ROTOR IS THEN MOUNTED ONTO THE SPINDLE PIN AND THE OUTER BEARING IS INSTALLED AND TIGHTENED TO SPECS.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO THOROUGHLY CLEAN THE BRAKE ROTOR SURFACES TO REMOVE ALL GREASE AND HAND-PRINTS THAT WILL CONTAMINATE THE BRAKE PADS.


TO HELP PREVENT NOISE, THE NEW BRAKE PADS NEED TO BE CRIMPED TO FIT SNUGLY IN THE CALIPERS.  THIS KEEPS THE PADS FROM MOVING AROUND WHEN THE BRAKES ARE APPLIED.