Rear disc brakes - the low budget method

ShawnR

Fixer of crap..
Jan 24, 2011
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I am going to swap out my 7.5 rear for an 8.5 and decided that it would probably be worth upgrading to rear disc brakes before I installed it in the car.

I picked up an entire rear end from a 95 Z28 assuming that I would use most of those parts. Ended up that I only used them for core deposits on the calipers as the caliper mounting plates were not even close to fitting. I did end up using new rotors & calipers for a Z28, but you could probably make almost anything work.

I pulled the drums and cut off the backing plate and just made up a new plate from 3/16 plate steel and welded it to what was left from the original plate.

Total cost was right around $100 for the rotors/calipers/pads. Still need to make up brake lines and figure out parking brake.

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Please chime in if you notice any obvious problems.
 
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ShawnR

Fixer of crap..
Jan 24, 2011
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Chesterville, OH, USA
That caliper might hit the frame in that orientation.
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Here it is with the axle rotated up into running position. Still think there might be interference with the frame?

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I haven't crawled under the car yet to give it a look. It will suck if it won't fit, but at least I haven't mounted the hard lines yet.
 
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