64 skylark disk brakes with 14" rims

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by Bill Feiner, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Bill Feiner

    Bill Feiner Member

    I'm sure this has been touched on before but I am looking for a front disk brake conversion kit for my 64 skylark that will work with my 14" rims. I would like a kit that has new spindles and everything required to do the swap. I just bought the car and the rims and tires are new so I dont want to have to replace them.
    I am going to replace the coils and shocks while I have it all apart and am looking for suggestions on what to buy there. A nice smooth ride is my biggest concern.
    Thanks, Bill
  2. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    On my 1964 Skylark, I used Wilwood brakes and CCP spindles (all they have are 2 inch drop), and my stock 14" rally wheels fit without spacers and no interference.

    The 15" rally wheels I ordered need a spacer (about 1/4-3/8") to keep the rims from hitting the calipers, but that was from my not measuring the setback correctly when I ordered the rims).

    I would need to go though my records to find the parts. If you want me to do that, let me know.

    I also used UMI Stage II suspension and ProForge steering links during the conversion.
  3. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

  4. woody1640

    woody1640 Well-Known Member

    Personally I like the Scarebird kit, and I recommend it to anyone & everyone in the 61-63 groups. Parts are all easily available (as well as replacements when needed).

    But if you would rather spend more money that is up to you!

  5. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    I believe that several years ago, Baer was the 1st or one of the 1st to supply aftermarket disc brakes that worked with regular rims. I remember seeing them installed on a '66 chevelle.
  6. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    I've got a stock setup with 14" rally rims. They clear no issues.
  7. GotTattooz

    GotTattooz Well-Known Member

    I converted my ex wife's 65 el Camino to front disc using S-10 front spindles, Upper and lower ball joints and outer tie rods. The spindles are metric, but there are a lot more aftermarket options for S-10s.

  8. BillA

    BillA Well-Known Member

    Make sure your wheels are compatible with disc brakes. What kind of rims do you have? The 14" steel rims used by GM back in the days preceding disk brakes may not work with disc brakes. The wheel will hit the caliper. Even the small single piston caliper. The wheels themselves must be compatible with disc brakes. I think there is a code ("J" maybe?) stamped on the rim that identifies it as a disc brake compatible wheel.
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  9. Schurkey

    Schurkey Silver Level contributor

    ^^^ Yup. It's not just a matter of the wheel diameter. The wheels supplied on disc brake vehicles are formed/stamped differently to provide caliper clearance. "Disc brake" wheels will fit drum brakes. "Drum brake" wheels aren't going to fit discs unless you play games with wheel spacing or use tiny rotors or tiny calipers.

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