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1970 Chevy Chevelle - Cheap Street Chevelle: Brakes

An Easy Brake Rebuild You Can Do At Home

Photography by John Kiewicz

As the saga of project Cheap Street Chevelle continues, we are finally emerging with a street machine that is halfway decent. We started with a totally clapped-out hulk that didn't run and have since fixed it up, including installing a new low-buck engine built with Performance Automotive Warehouse (PAW) parts that propels the car to high 13.1-second passes at the dragstrip. With a small dose of NOS nitrous oxide, the car ran tire-spinning 12.2-second e.t.'s at nearly 110 mph. The crusty body was given the magic makeover and then covered in scorch-your-eyes yellow paint. The paint job isn't outrageous, just clean and simple. The Chevelle's stock suspension was totally shot, so we installed a new front-end kit from Performance Suspension Technology. By now, you're probably getting the gist of the theme of project Cheap Street Chevelle: simple, simple, simple.

Recently, while cruising Cheap Street Chevelle around the traffic-clogged streets of Los Angeles, we noticed the brakes were emitting obnoxious grinding noises. After inspection, we learned that the brake pads and shoes were not only severely worn out, but the front rotors had huge gouges worn into them. Rather than just replace the pads and shoes, we wanted to replace the entire braking system with new O.E.M.-type parts--not one-off, high-buck, aerospace-quality brake parts.

Rather than flip open a catalog from a brake-specific company and order everything we need, we wanted to conduct a little experiment. Thus, we took the "real world" approach and went to a local auto parts store to see what was available. Our store of choice, AutoZone, not only had everything we needed to upgrade our brakes (including rotors, calipers and bearings), but it also carried Performance Friction hi-po disc-brake pads. With our hands full of brake goodies, we set out to make our '70 Chevelle stop as well as it accelerates. Follow along as we show you the basics of our brake upgrades.

SOURCES
AutoZone
N/A
autozone.com
Performance Friction
P.O. Box 819
Clover
SC  29710
803-222-8140
www.performancefriction.com
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