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Guide To A-Body Disc Brake Swaps

Where to Get Whoa

Photography by Baer Racing, H-O Enterprises, , Master Power, Stainless Steel Brakes, Wilwood Engineering

Musclecars of the 1960s may have been quick off the line, but most of them didn’t stop worth a damn. The vast majority of the street machines ever built in Detroit--namely, GM&8217s 1964-1972 A- bodies--came equipped only with marginal drum brakes. Massive in weight for their day and front-heavy (especially with optional big-block engines), the Buick Special, Skylark, and GS; Chevy Chevelle; Olds F85, Cutlass, and 442; and Pontiac Tempest, Le Mans, and GTO really benefit by upgrading to front disc brakes, which provide superior resistance to fade, perform better in the wet, and offer a superior modulated pedal feel that contributes to smooth, sure stops. Today the aftermarket offers a plethora of mild to wild front disc-brake conversion kits, yet a persistent swap-meet addict or salvage-yard scrounger can still score his own production-based components. This story will give you some insight into swaps for any budget.

SOURCES
Baer Racing Inc.
3108 W. Thomas Rd.
Ste. 1201
Phoenix
AZ  85017
www.baer.com
Master Power Brakes
254-1 Rolling Hills Rd.
Mooresville
NC  28117
704-664-8866
www.mpbrakes.com
Engineered Components inc. (ECI) Performance Suspension Components
Phoenix
AZ
www.performancesuspension.com
Global West Suspension Components
San Bernardino
CA
globalwest.net
Performance Suspension Technology (PST)
Box 396
Montville
NJ  07045
N/A
www.p-s-t.com/
H-O Enterprises
Rancho Cucamonga
CA
hoenterprises.com
Stainless Steel Brakes
Clarence
NY
8-00/-448-7722
ssbrakes.com
Hotchkis Performance LP Wilwood Engineering Inc.
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