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Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Old Timer ()
Date: June 20, 2013 07:52AM

I have struggled with grabbing brakes on the front of my FC long enough.
It's either the left or right that grabs during a rush to stop.
Can anyone tell me if there is a conversion to front disc brakes for my 61 FC?
Sure would be appreciated.

Old Timer

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: June 20, 2013 08:30AM

I found that even with new drums, I can get the brakes to grab just like you say. But I found that it was the shoes I was using. The first junk sets I found were from Auto Zone. Cheap price shoes but 3 sets from them proved to be junk.
By going with good quality shoes from one of the venders here, the grabbing and squeeling brakes should not be a problem.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: gwydionjhr ()
Date: June 20, 2013 08:32AM

Yes, it can be done, there are at least 2 or 3 threads here in the forum that detail what is required. Do a search and let us know if you can't find them. If the thread doesn't provide all the info you require, post your questions in those threads so we can flesh them out some more

Regards,
Joel Rushworth
1961 Rampside w/Deluxe Scamper Camper
1966 Corsized Cdn Monza Coupe
1967 UV #292
"Kick the Hell out of the Status Quo" - Ed Cole

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Old Timer ()
Date: June 20, 2013 09:06AM

thanks will do. I found teddbrown has done the conversion so I sent him a note to see if he can give me some insight.

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: gwydionjhr ()
Date: June 20, 2013 09:32AM

Look for the threads on drop spindles as they are one of the options/kits that come with disc brakes on the FC's

Regards,
Joel Rushworth
1961 Rampside w/Deluxe Scamper Camper
1966 Corsized Cdn Monza Coupe
1967 UV #292
"Kick the Hell out of the Status Quo" - Ed Cole

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: June 20, 2013 09:39AM

I've been told that the 1957 Chevy disc brake conversion stuff bolts right on the Greenbrier. 69 Chevelle rotors are a direct bolt on, and use the same bearings and wheel bolt pattern. The next time around on my front brakes I'll do it.

Jim O'Connor
45 miles north of The Bronx, N.Y.
1962 Greenbrier 110 4spd
1964 Monza Convertible 110 PG
"Wherever you go....There you are"

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: teddbrown ()
Date: June 20, 2013 01:24PM

Clarification: Another member that might want to remain nameless at this point has the ticket. We were planning on introducing a kit later this year for the FC front. 2 working kits are already in operation and feedback is good.

It will be handled through BIS for liability reasons. (not that anyone on here would ever bring a suit against another).

We are project rich and time poor.

Ted
Anderson, SC

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: June 21, 2013 07:49AM

Also... the conversions I have seen will not work with stock wheels. So adding 4 wheels to tha cost of the conversion is in order, unless the ones you have will clear the calipers.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: June 21, 2013 07:56AM

Yes, 15 inch wheels are needed from what I've read. Some might work with aftermarket 14" wheels.

Jim O'Connor
45 miles north of The Bronx, N.Y.
1962 Greenbrier 110 4spd
1964 Monza Convertible 110 PG
"Wherever you go....There you are"

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Johnniespeed ()
Date: June 21, 2013 03:47PM

Aftermarket 14 inch alloy wheels clear the 69 Chevelle rotors and 75 Monte Carlo metric calipers. Chevelle calipers can be used, but the caliper housing is larger than the metric caliper and may require a 15 inch wheel. They have the same size piston.
Speedway Motors has the brackets in stock for 57 Chevrolet, rotors and calipers are an easy local purchase. Wheel bearings and wheel bolt pattern stay the same.
This stuff is super easy to buy, cheap and fits perfect. Sorry it's not in a neat little box marked "F C conversion kit" with a big price tag. ( someday it will be )

John

1962 Rampside, 4.3 Vortec powered.
The thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.

Sparta Michigan.


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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Date: June 21, 2013 10:32PM

We sold 4 or 5 kits for these but couldn't keep all the parts in stock. Our kits were nice because you could use stock wheels. Maybe I need to reserach this again.

Lon Wall
www.corvairunderground.com

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: SFC SHOP ()
Date: June 22, 2013 10:42AM

I used the kit from Speedway motors # 910-31911 $239.99 everything fit and I used 14" wheels. Easy installation and widens the track 7/8" on each side.
Si Johnson Ft Myers, Fl.

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Danthesignman ()
Date: March 28, 2014 06:57PM

SFdid You use the stock spindles then ? More info please .

Winterset , Iowa

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Johnniespeed ()
Date: March 28, 2014 07:47PM

The 57 Chevy disc brake conversion kit fits the stock FC spindles, they clear 14" aftermarket alloy wheels if using the Metric ( Monte Carlo) calipers.
This works well with the stock FC spindles, BUT......

If you want to install dropped spindles also, the 57 Chevy dropped spindles are not a direct fit. The ball joint taper has to be reamed to match the FC ball joints. The reamer is available from Speedway.

If the Speedway kit was renamed "FC disc brake conversion" they could double the price just for Corvair owners.

John

1962 Rampside, 4.3 Vortec powered.
The thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.

Sparta Michigan.


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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Danthesignman ()
Date: March 29, 2014 06:36PM

Well , My van handles like sh!t , and I can`t help but wonder if it isn`t partially because of the cut front springs . The front lower A-arms actually are above centerline (think dihedral in an airplane wing) when the van is at rest and has Me wondering if I don`t have some weird bump steer thing going on . Getting back to My original question , yes I would want the dropped spindles because I want to get the geometry back to where it should be . This reamer You speak of , what do they call it a so I might track it down .?

Winterset , Iowa

If You tell the truth , You don`t have to remember what You said .

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Danthesignman ()
Date: March 29, 2014 06:47PM

Never mind , found them , when I get closer I will have to figure out which one I will need . This is something I really want to do , now that I have the info I`m getting excited .

Winterset , Iowa

If You tell the truth , You don`t have to remember what You said .

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: March 29, 2014 07:03PM

I cut my springs and my van handles better.

Jim O'Connor
45 miles north of The Bronx, N.Y.
1962 Greenbrier 110 4spd
1964 Monza Convertible 110 PG
"Wherever you go....There you are"

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Danthesignman ()
Date: March 29, 2014 07:11PM

Could be Jimmy , I`m just chasing My tail on this thing . I am doing an engine swap soon and ordered new crossmember motor mounts so I can take it to a good alignment guy I know and get the rear toe right , that might have a lot to do with My problems too . We`ll see .

Winterset , Iowa

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: March 31, 2014 08:36AM

How about the rear transmission mounts???
If they are not tight, your rear alignment is moving all around and it will really effect handling. Hd gas shocks also help on all 4 corners.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Disc brake conversion for my FC
Posted by: Danthesignman ()
Date: March 31, 2014 04:31PM

Just got them in the mail today Dave ! hoping all this helps .

Winterset , Iowa

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