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Thread: 56 Power Disc Brake Conversion

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    56 Power Disc Brake Conversion

    I have a '56 with OEM power brakes. For safety, I would like to convert to power front disc brakes. My car is totally stock with 15" wheels. Can anyone suggestion a kit?
    Last edited by IGA; 04-28-2023 at 09:49 PM.

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    Registered Member busterwivell's Avatar
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    OK, here's what I have on my 56...........when I bought it, it had Heidt's spindles on it. The kit allowed for using G body rotors and calipers. That's what was on it when I bought it. I had to contact Heidt's to get the right hoses, but that was no issue. It also came with a small (7 inch?)aftermarket vacuum booster, and a disc drum master cylinder.
    This is not the only way, but it's worked for me for over 30,000 miles.

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    Thank-you for the info

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    Registered Member ykf7b0's Avatar
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    I will recommend I higher end kit such as Baer or Wilwood with D52 caliper's if it's within your budget.
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    Try to find a "zero offset" kit so your wheels aren't moved outboard. The old-style 68-70 Chevelle based kits move the wheel mounting surfaces out 7/8" per side. The problem isn't the calipers, it's the rotors. There are some that claim "zero offset" but they're not.
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