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Mailbag: Performing a Drum-to-Disc Brake Conversion on a ’69 Camaro

Q: I would like to install disc brakes on all four corners of my ’69 Camaro. It’s currently equipped with drum brakes, and they’re just not doing the trick.

I’m wondering if the suspension from a C4 Corvette can be made to work on a unibody vehicle. I think this would be a cost-effective way to give my Camaro some updated stopping power. If you say it’s a good idea, I’ll start searching my local junkyard for the parts.

A: Adding 4-wheel disc brakes to your Camaro is a great mod that’ll do wonders for the car’s drivability.

However, we suggest NOT using the C4 Corvette suspension components—even if they were free. There’s just too much fabrication involved.

Fortunately, there are many drum-to-disc brake conversion kits available that take the hassle and guesswork out of adding a new set of binders to a classic muscle car.

Summit Racing offers a full wheel kit that would make for a great choice up front. Around back, there are kits for both staggered shock and non-staggered shock applications.

The rear kits fit both 10- and 12-bolt rear ends. Good luck with the project!

This is another in a series of weekly Q&A Mailbag sessions with Summit Racing‘s tech department, in which there are hundreds more. Click here to see them all.

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  1. Robert Weaver says:

    Would the stock Camaro master cylinder work with the summit racing front wheel kit and leave the rear drums?

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