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Here is a topic you may be interested in. A C body wheel and tire thread from mild to wild.
C-Body Wheel and Tire Survey
Re brakes, the easiest & least costly front disk conversion is Scarebird's (ebay). You can buy just the plates (~$120) and source calipers & rotors locally (usually common GM or Toyota PN's). I wouldn't go down the "later factory disk" path since that will soon strand you from lack of parts. Probably OK for A-bodies, but check if you can still buy a new hub-rotor and caliper from Autozone for a C-body.
Do you need disk brakes? Definitely not on the rear, that is just for bling even in modern cars. Fronts maybe. The fed mandate was due to idiots over-heating their drum brakes on long downhills - think FL drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you know to use engine braking (downshift), that won't happen. Will disks stop faster? Tires stop the car, so if you can brake to just the point before they skid, that is the fastest you can possibly stop. Can drum brakes do that, and evenly left to right? Sure, if braking once from say <70 mph and your brakes are well-maintained. Then give them time to cool. If constantly braking, like in road-racing, drums will overheat and fade much faster than disks. Such driving will also give crappy gas mileage. Many people say, "my drum brakes wouldn't even stop, now works fine w/ disks". They are probably comparing worn out ill-maintained drums w/ new disks. Most semi-trucks still use drum brakes, but those drivers know they couldn't make it down I-80 in the Sierras using just the brakes (even w/ disks).
FL drivers know how to get brake fade on I4 with discs...
Nice explanation though
John, I like that thinking. C-bodies are best on the road and not as parts on the garage floor. This excludes little work during snowy seasons, though.
My Fury has drum brakes and they work good but you will never see a bumper sticker on it that says ."THIS CAR CLIMBED MT WASHINGTON"
Oh man, put some white walls (not wide whites) or some Torque Thrust Ds on that car!! Black walls are for cars in the 90s.
A set of Magnums would be a good choice. TTs are about the most commonly seen aftermarket wheel nowadays.
Only a New Englander would get that. Lol
I remember them made of cardboard and held on to the bumper with two wires.
I still see them from time to time as bumper stickers.
That's because they look great! I have received more compliments on my car since I installed them a year ago than I ever did in 12 years with the Cal 500s. Interesting.
Even so, I would not say they are more common that Magnum 500s.
I don`t know how`s it there, but in Finland 5-spoke Cragars seem to be at least close to be the favorite wheel choice.
Cragars are good looking wheels too!
I didn't have this thread for reference earlier, because @Jack-Stand hadn't started it then!
'66 Monaco Resto-Mod
This is a great way to illustrate what it takes to put airbags into one of these cars. I hope this helps you determine if this is something you can do, or have to farm out to someone. Keep us posted.
It's definitely a labor of love... The biggest issue with bagging our cars is the unibody. To do it right means you're going to be adding weight (stiffeners and gussets) to take the additional stresses that the new suspension will put the unibody under. They were never designed to take what some of us make them do.