'62 Newport disc conversion?

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  1. tkakk

    tkakk New Member

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    So I'm new, sorry for making this my first post.
    I got a '62 Newport, that the front brakes were torn apart/missing components. My buddy I got the car from pointed me to Performance-Online.com, specifically to this kit; Mopar Disc Brake Conversion Kit, Fits 1962-74 Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge Cars
    Coming from an entirely different world of automobiles and 70's Honda motorcycles, I'm attempting to learn. Long story short, I purchased the kit but found out the hard way the spindles aren't correct, as I think I found out this Newport is a C body, and not what that kit is for. My question is, would there be a way to make this kit work, different year spindles? Or would it just be easier to piece the drums back together?
     
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    Davea Lux Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Here is an article on the Magnum Force disc conversion, '62 300 uses most of the same parts. A lot of the kits use Chinese sourced parts and the quality is suspect, especially on the reproduction boosters. The first C-Body Mopars are the '65 Chryslers, Furys and Polaras, so your '62 is not a C-Body. You will need to source the kit number to figure out what it fits, from looking at the web site you supplied, it may be a B-Body conversion kit which will not fit a '62 Chrysler.

    www.chrysler300club.com/jhstuff/62disc/62.html

    Dave
     
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    Davea Lux Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Repairing the drum brakes would be the easier option as long as this is a pleasure cruiser and not a hot rod. I would suggest if you want to go that route that you install a split brake master cylinder for added safety.

    Dave
     
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    Welcome aboard!

    The "C" body didn't start until 1965 so your 62 is what was referred to as a "Full Size".

    My understanding is that FMJ spindles ie 5th Ave, Aspen, Mirada etc can be made to work with some tweaking but I've never done it. Google should help you find some info on that option. Using the Bbody Cordoba caliper adapter gets you the 11.75 rotor instead of the smaller rotor that came on 5th Aves.

    Kevin
     
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    Pete Kaczmarski Senior Member

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    I agree as that is what we did on my car below.
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    If you have all the drum brake parts / pieces, I suggest you put it all back together with the drums. If the drum brake system is in good shape and set up / adjusted properly, it is a very good system. In that year and years before, Chrysler had pretty much the best brakes around for a regular production car. I have drum brakes on my '66 300 with TNT 440, and the brakes work very well.
     
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