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From: Billy-Jack Ebare
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
Date: January 23, 2003
I posted this reply to another fellow with a similar question around Christmas time. Last summer I changed my front brake system in my 1958 Plymouth belvedere over to a much safer disc brake system. Because I (like so many others) don't have access to a vast fortune, I improvised. I used the front spindles out of an 1985 Chrysler 5th avenue. They fit perfectly! They accept the original ball joints, and tie rod ends from your car, and fit into your front end without any major mods. The only adjustment that I had to do was cut about one inch off of each tie rod adjuster. (This allows for future allignment, as the original length of the adjuster is too long to facilitate wheel allignment with the new spindles). I had to improvise a bit with the rubber brake hoses to. However, if you have access to scrap yard(as I did)measure up what you need, and go searching. Of course, once you find a set that suits your needs, you'll want to buy new ones. I used Ford truck brake flex hoses. I found them to be of sufficient length. In your case, the original Chrysler flex hoses might work. I might be wrong with this, but I am almost cetain that all Forward Look cars use the same front spindle assembly, but maybe someone else can shed some light on this. I have a friend that is in the process of changing his 1960 Desoto Adventurer over to disc's, and we found the same 1985 Chrysler 5th Avenue parts that I used in my car will also fit into his car.They should also fit into your car as I'm pretty sure that the Dodge/Desoto have the same spindle assemblies. One more thing that I should mention is that once you have installed the new brake system, you will find that you have lost a bit of your turning radius. When I say a bit, I mean that you won't be able to tell you lost anything once you have driven the car for a while. You should also take note the you will notice that the tops of the wheels will lean in slightly more than that of original. Most of this is corrected in the allignment, and the rest is "the nature of the beast" as they say. The allignment shop that did my front end allignment said that my car lined up perfectly. After 2000 miles there is still no evidence of front tire wear... Have fun with this project which ever path you choose to take. I just thought that I might be able to save a fellow Forward Looker a few bucks. I'm almost positive that you could use just about any rim that your little ol heart desires on these rotors, as they are very up to date (1985) Mopar applications. Check with your dealer though. Billy-Jack...