I wanted to convert my 56 to discs but decided not to because of the cost, and work. instead I installed power brakes, the factory power booster on the fender well and went to softer brake lining on the front brake shoes. My brakes now are as normal as any newer car.has anyone out there done this project?
I've been looking at the kits and its not terrible price wise, but it looks like I'm going to be stuck buying custom rotors and pads if I do that.
anyone attempt it another way?
I converted my '57 to disc front without a booster. I have no trouble stopping. I like early 70s Maverick dual master cylinders for conversions. I have a 65Falcon Ranchero disc conversion and 57 Ranch Wagon disc conversion. As to the rear wheel cylinders. You can use 55 rear wheel cylinders or as I did, install an inline proportioning valve.I am contemplating an upgrade to the brakes on our '56. Has original 4 wheel drums in great shape with manual master cyl. I have looked all over and cant find a power brake unit .. original type. I understand that a swap of master cylinder to '75 vette with the 1.125" bore and a change to smaller rear wheel cylinders may give us a foot pedalthat doesn't need two feet to push. FYI the drums were just turned and brake shoes are all new. Just a bear to stop. Our 1957 T bird stops much better and has power brakes. So I can compare.