Author Topic: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade  (Read 4853 times)

jdv69z

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69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« on: November 15, 2005, 05:22:44 PM »
I am in need of front bake work on my 69 Z; my calipers are frozen; anybody done as conversion to higher performance set up such as offered by Wilwood or? I like it to be bolt on conversion. I also like to use silicone brake fluid; This is not recommended by Wilwood; Anybody know why?

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Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2005, 05:09:09 PM »
You'd have to ask Wilwood why they don't recommend DOT5 silicone fluid, but I suspect it's because they assume their brakes are going to be used for racing applications, and silicone fluid is the last thing you want in a race car brake system.
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Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2005, 12:45:32 AM »
Dave Pozzi (old forum) had a whole web page of info re brake swaps with other GM brake systems of the same era. Not the brand new high tech stuff, but still a whole lot better than drums. Not sure its still there, but its worth a google.

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Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2005, 12:49:55 AM »

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Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2005, 01:16:00 AM »
Just swap in new calipers and put in some good pads and you'll be set.
Unless you change the swept surface significantly, an aftermarket setup will just cost $$ and not brake any better than the factory setup.
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Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2006, 11:19:55 PM »
I replaced all 4 drums on my '68 Convertible with SSBC hevy duty conversion kits. Front and rear cost about $2000.00, and the kit made it very easy to install both in on a Saturday afternoon. After doing this I found a website that recommended junkyard calipers or even factory replacement calipers up to 1982 that will bolt-on..

Disk Brakes make a great improvement over drum brakes, but next time I'll try Checker or Autozone for factory replacements 1st..

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Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2006, 03:28:37 AM »
Remanufactured calipers (single piston) should be cheap and available at a local parts store, with or without pads.

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