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Re: 57-61 disk brake conversion kit

From: Daven N.Anderson
email: dnadaven@hotmail.com
Date: February 22, 2000
Time: 14:55:05

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Sid, I own a '60 Plymouth Deluxe Suburban which I am converting to disc brakes. The brakes from later Mopar C-bodies that have a 10.5 inch height spindle. 1970-78 brakes should be used as the 1965-69 4-piston brake calipers are prone to leakage (unless they are sleeved,which is quite expensive). My conversion will reuse the existing control arms because polyurethane bushings made for 1962-65 B-bodies will fit.(Only rubber control arm bushings are available for C-bodies) I suggest that you search U.S. salvage yards online for 1970-73 Chrysler (all models),Dodge Monaco/Polara and Plymouth Fury I-II-III-Sport Fury. You'd want the hubs,spindles,calipers and rotors,and likely the anti-roll bar as well (most '60 Plymouths lack a front anti-roll bar!) Replacement brake pads/hardware and even rotors are available from the major U.S. auto part suppliers,some of which sell online. Be aware that this conversion will require a change to 15 inch wheels (the stock size is 14") to clear the calipers. The tires' aspect ratio should be 70 to keep a similar Outside Diameter. The stock size is approximately 205 75-14,so the new 'stock' size would be 205 70-15. You can use 65 aspect for better performance tires with higher speed ratings,as I am (225 60-15) The wheels on the 70-73 C-bodies listed would work,but I'm using 15x7 Mopar police car wheels (available new from U.S.suppliers) which also work. Many of the suppliers in Hemmings Motor News (www.hmn.com) could help with all of these respects,and technical questions that whomever would do the installation in Germany would want to know. By the way,my car is using a '70 Plymouth Sport Fury rear axle and it looks like it came with the car! This way I got larger 11x3 brake drums and a limited-slip differential! (and better brake part availability) I hope this helps you at least somewhat... Daven N.Anderson (Colorado,USA) dnadaven@hotmail.com

 


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