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Old 12-05-2016, 02:08 PM   #501
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Yeah, I was figuring the track width would change, wondering how much, I plan on installing a front suspension cradle out of an 85 model that I have a contact for. so the front end should push out with that, trying to find exactly what I need, wonder if a rear end out of a 4x4 in those years would be the same width?

"fixing" one thing brings up another to be "fixed"!
No difference in the 4x4 rear widths that I know of.
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Old 11-28-2017, 01:35 AM   #502
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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

I have a 1970 GMC 3500 Wideside (longhorn) (1 ton) with 8 lug wheels. Do I look for a 1973 - up to do a disk conversion. This sound a lot cheaper and easier a a old fart on a very limited budget. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 11-28-2017, 01:41 AM   #503
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You could use a '71-'86 C30 or a '87-'91 R3500 front suspension. Also the G3500 vans are good donors also, but the crossmember is different.
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:05 PM   #504
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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

Has anyone tried the bracket etc. from Scarebird Classic Brakes LLC? They say you do not have to remove your spindle and it uses 95-98 3/4 ton rotors and calipers. They say they provide brackets, bearing spacers and hardware. Also able to use a 1/2 ton rotor from the same years to get 5X5" bolt pattern.
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:20 AM   #505
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I have not. Is that a cheaper option that picking up a good used '73-'87 C10 spindle, rotor and caliper?

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I'm new to this so I hope this is in the right location. II have read everything I can find and have not found an absolute answer ( unless I missed it in the 21 pages of this lol) I have a 1961 Chevy C30. Can I swap spindles or crossmember on my truck to convert to disk? I have the spindles somewhere I took off my 1985 1ton crew when I converted it to 4x4 can I use them? Some of the stuff I have read has been contradicting so I would like to hear from someone that has actually done it or seen it so I know for sure. Most things point to it can not be done on a 60-61 c30 only, in hoping this is not true. Thanks
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:54 PM   #507
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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

Intimudator - First off, welcome to the forum. I think you will find this site to be very helpful.

It basically comes down to the ball joints and tie rods...

I am not versed in the 60-62 torsion bar front suspension, so here is what you need to look at: If the ball joints are changed to the '85 1 ton ball joints, then yes the spindle will bolt up...NOW, will the ball joints actually fit the control arms for your '61 C30? I don't know that. I would check the OD of the lower '85 BJ against the OD of the lower '61 BJ, if they are the same size, then yes it should press into the arm. I believe the upper control arms use a bolt in style, if the '61 is the same as what was in my '65, than the upper BJ is a direct bolt in for the '85 upper BJ.

As for swapping the arms themselves, the lower want work because of the torsion bar from suspension under your '61.

Now, the tie rods, this can be solved by using an adapter sleeve if the thread sizes are different between the years like the C10's are.

Good luck, let us know what you decide to do and how it works out!
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Intimudator - First off, welcome to the forum. I think you will find this site to be very helpful.

It basically comes down to the ball joints and tie rods...

I am not versed in the 60-62 torsion bar front suspension, so here is what you need to look at: If the ball joints are changed to the '85 1 ton ball joints, then yes the spindle will bolt up...NOW, will the ball joints actually fit the control arms for your '61 C30? I don't know that. I would check the OD of the lower '85 BJ against the OD of the lower '61 BJ, if they are the same size, then yes it should press into the arm. I believe the upper control arms use a bolt in style, if the '61 is the same as what was in my '65, than the upper BJ is a direct bolt in for the '85 upper BJ.

As for swapping the arms themselves, the lower want work because of the torsion bar from suspension under your '61.

Now, the tie rods, this can be solved by using an adapter sleeve if the thread sizes are different between the years like the C10's are.

Good luck, let us know what you decide to do and how it works out!
Thank you for the fast response. I was hoping to hear some one has actually done it but I will go measure them and go from there, I'll keep everyone posted so everyone on here will know for sure if it can be done
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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

I have seen a couple '60-'62 C 30's that had coil springs in the front. If yours does have coil springs, you should be able to change the balljoints and bolt on the '85 spindles. If you have a torsion bar front suspension, that will not work. You will have to change the entire front suspension including the crossmember.
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I have seen a couple '60-'62 C 30's that had coil springs in the front. If yours does have coil springs, you should be able to change the balljoints and bolt on the '85 spindles. If you have a torsion bar front suspension, that will not work. You will have to change the entire front suspension including the crossmember.
I have torsion bars. Could I modify the control arms(weld) ball joints to fit or they completely different? Will the complete suspension bolt in without cutting up the truck where it could never be taken back to stock or just drilling holes?
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Old 12-20-2017, 01:25 AM   #511
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It would take a lot of fab work to install the '85 lower ball joints. I would just change the entire suspension. It is no different than on a '60-'62 C10 or C20. Mainly just a bunch of holes to drill. If you had a '63-'66 it would only be one hole on each side to drill and one to elongate on each side.

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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

I have a 62 step side. Everything on it is stock except for the alternator thats been added. I would like to add disc brakes to the front for now and also lower it. I've read through all 21 pages and have come to the conclusion that for those of us with a 60-62 who want disc brakes, to keep our torsion bars and to lower it, our only option is aftermarket drop spindles and turning the torsion bars. Is this correct? Also thanks to everyone for all the great info on here.
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Old 12-28-2017, 04:12 PM   #513
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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

So after I read almost the complete 17 pages , Is the six lug front conversion viable without a cross member swap?

I have a 1963 I would at least like to add power front disc brakes and more over 4 wheel power disc brakes,

but the question remains is the aliment issue resolved and am I clear on what parts I need to hunt up


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Old 12-29-2017, 12:07 AM   #514
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If you are wanting to keep your torsion bars, then yes you will have to purchase the aftermarket dropped spindles specifically for converting a '60-'62 to disc brakes

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I have a 62 step side. Everything on it is stock except for the alternator thats been added. I would like to add disc brakes to the front for now and also lower it. I've read through all 21 pages and have come to the conclusion that for those of us with a 60-62 who want disc brakes, to keep our torsion bars and to lower it, our only option is aftermarket drop spindles and turning the torsion bars. Is this correct? Also thanks to everyone for all the great info on here.
Having 6 lug disc brakes on the front is simply a matter of purchasing the aftermarket 6 lug rotors. bolting on disc brake spindles is simply a matter of changing the ball joints and bolting them on. It may be possible to not change the balljoints these days as I believe there are spindles specifically for the '63-'70 trucks. Back when I starting upgrading to disc brakes, there was no such thing as dropped spindles.

As for converting your rear to disc brakes, that is not easily done with a '63 12 bolt as the backing plates are pressed onto the axle tubes. That is why my rear disc brake brackets are designed to be used on the '64-'87 truck 10 and 12 bolt differentials. There is nothing on a '63 12 bolt to bolt the brackets to. If at some time during the past 55 years, the differential has been changed to a '64 and newer differential, you are in luck

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So after I read almost the complete 17 pages , Is the six lug front conversion viable without a cross member swap?

I have a 1963 I would at least like to add power front disc brakes and more over 4 wheel power disc brakes,

but the question remains is the aliment issue resolved and am I clear on what parts I need to hunt up


Thanks Happy new year
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Re: Disc Brake Upgrade Reference Thread

Thanks Cap'n. I was also wondering why the oem 15" steelies wont fit if I swap to disc. Is the diameter not enough to clear the calipers or is there not enough backspacing? Would I have to go up to a 16" wheel or could I find a 15" aftermarket steely with enough backspacing?
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The factory 15" wheels will not work with disc brakes because of the design of the inside of the wheel. They will not clear the calipers. It does not have anything to do with the backspacing, they just have to be disc brake compatible wheels

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Thanks Cap'n. I was also wondering why the oem 15" steelies wont fit if I swap to disc. Is the diameter not enough to clear the calipers or is there not enough backspacing? Would I have to go up to a 16" wheel or could I find a 15" aftermarket steely with enough backspacing?
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Cap'n Fab please forgive me as I know I have asked this before Just can't find your answer,, In adding the front disc, and keeping the stock rear brakes, What booster? Master cylinder should I be on the lookout for,, with your adaptor bracket. ! Thanks,, Bo
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As for compatible boosters, in addition to those mentioned in post #1 of the for sale thread, there is a larger list of compatible boosters in post #183 on page 8. Every one of my booster brackets come with an expanded list including parts numbers.

http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...=339081&page=8

As for a master cylinder. You do not have to use the master that comes on a given booster. You can use a different master cylinder as long as it is compatible with the length of the intermediate pushrod. The master needs to be somewhat matched to the type of braking system you will be running, ie: drum/drum, disc/drum or disc/disc.

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Cap'n Fab please forgive me as I know I have asked this before Just can't find your answer,, In adding the front disc, and keeping the stock rear brakes, What booster? Master cylinder should I be on the lookout for,, with your adaptor bracket. ! Thanks,, Bo
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