- Classic Performance Products
- Cures Your Straight Axle
- Stopping Blues
Since the fifties, many advances have been made in the
field of vehicle safety, and none have been more important or more necessary
than those made to braking systems. When this 1957 Chevrolet was produced,
drum brakes were the norm, as were the problems associated with them: lack
of stopping power; brake fade due to heat or water; inadequate pad
material. The problems were simply less noticeable because the speeds were
not as great. But as technology has continued to evolve, the
shortcomings of four-wheel drum brake systems have become all too apparent.
While many classic trucks today have been upgraded with IFS front ends
that come with disc brakes, those of you who have elected to go the resto
route have to have a heavy brake foot to bring your trucks to a halt.
Luckily, Classic Performance Products in Buena Park,
California, has come to the rescue with an easy-to-install disc brake kit
that is made for the six-lug, straight axle lover. The kit consists of
everything you need to turn your 1949-59 Chevy into a sure stopping sled.
The Classic Performance kit is a bolt-on affair that can be installed in
a single afternoon. The instructions provide an exploded view of how the
kit goes together. Anyone who has ever changed a set of disc brake pads
can get the job done. It is strongly recommended that in addition
to the disc brake kit, the master cylinder and wheel bearings also be replaced
with Classic Performance units. While it is technically possible to run
the disc brakes with the stock master, it is not the smart thing to do.
The disc brakes are designed to be used with a power booster, and Classic
has an excellent unit available. Remember that the disc
brakes are being installed for safety's sake, and to get the full effect
of the discs, the power booster is a must. You should also consider
replacing the stock ball bearing-type wheel bearings with new tapered roller
bearings. The tapered bearings are stronger and create less friction than
the stock units. It is also important to inspect the spindle and kingpins
at this time. If there is marring or other irregularities on the spindle's
surface, it should be replaced. The king-pins are another safety concern.
If they are too loose, the additional play could cause the holes to become
elongated and possibly destroy the spindle or axle.
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