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    62cutlassconvert
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    I have installed a front disc brake conversion on my convertible. Included some picts. Kit is from BCCP-Bens Classic Car Parts, and is turnkey at the axle. Not cheap but should be good. The MC is a 1980 Fairmont which I bought seperate/had to clearance the frame very slightly-see pic, I had to fab the supply lines from the MC to the prop valve (which is bolted into the same hole as the orig distribution block), the front left line from the prop valve to the frame, an adpt line from the prop valve to the stock right hand line. The stock rear supply line fit with a little bending and an adpt. A little fitting here and there and it went in well. Not ready to bleed anything yet as I am moving to the rear axle to install the self adjusting setup like a ’63. A local auto parts store sell a self adjuster “rebuild” kit for the 63 which looks to include everything you need except the hardware/spring kit which is avail-actually all the 62 kits I bought appear to be for the 63 self adjusting brakes anyway. Backing plates are the same, shoes are the same.

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    young_olds
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    That looks good, I’m curious to see the scarebird disk brake swap. They do 4 lug and five lug disk brake conversions for our cars

    #11316
    62cutlassconvert
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    Thanks. Forgot to include the pict of the MC and prop valve together. No cutting of the 45 degree strut necessary with this MC, only the new notch just forward of the factory notch in the unibody frame flange.

    I would think Scarebird would be good too. I believe they use the same components as BCCP except for the bracket. I think Scarbird is a fabricated piece and BCCP is one piece. I had a reference for BCCP that liked the setup and good support from Ben at BCCP so I went with him. It would be cheaper to put together a Scarebird setup with a little machining, a little more labor, and some parts sourcing.

    BCCP offers a 5 lug kit also and use a fabricated bracket for that one. Gives you a bigger rotor and calipers=more stopping power but I believe the 4 lug setup should be plenty, just a little pumped up 215.

    Also, didn’t want 5 lug front and 4 lug rear and didn’t want to go to the expense for new rear axles and brake mods. BCCP is doing new 5 lug axles and I talked to Moser and they will copy an axle you send in and make it to whatever lug pattern you want. I think they are both around $600-700 for a set. Also, BCCP is working on a disc conv for the rear.

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    joe_padavano
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    What does this kit require for wheels? Will the factory 15″ wheels clear?

    #11325
    62cutlassconvert
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    Not sure if 15″ stock wheels will fit. I will be using 15 x 6 Wheel Vintique “Smoothies” I purchased some time ago. Ben at BCCP may be able to tell you. I know he has a mock up 61-63 F85 susp he works with to develop his kits.

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