I have a 63 c10 with all drums (6 Lug). Is there a junkyard conversion that I can do to convert to disc? At this time I do not want to buy a kit for 1200 due to my budget. Thanks for any help.
I think the 73 and up chevy 1/2 ton 5 lug will fit. The only reason I said 'I think' is that is what I use on the 67-72. I think the front suspension is the same. But obviously you will have to change the rear. The cheap way I did the rear was with adapter plates. You will probably have to ungrade you ball joints to suit the later front and possibly the tie rod ends. It has been a while since I did it.
Hey baofnb,I have a 65 c10 and just swapped the front spindles, tie rod ends, rotors, calipers, and ball joints(actually I bought new 78 ball joints) from a 78 c10 onto my 65. CPP has tie rod adjuster sleeves that let you take the tie rods ends from the 73-87's and use them on the mid 60's c10's. Be sure to go to their tech section and read how to install the sleeves. Since 73-87 c10's are 5 lugs, I found a 72 c10 5 lug rearend in a junk yard and swapped it with the factory 6 lug I had in it. If you have decent 6 lug wheels and want to keep them, CPP has 6 lug front rotors that will fit the 73-87 disk brake spindles. This will cost you $129 for the rotors, $49 for the sleeves plus whatever the used parts cost. I pulled the dual master cylinder and proportioning valve off the 78 also. CPP has a power booster upgrade that I used with the new (used) dual master cylinder. This gave me disks in the front, drums in the back and power assist for a few hundred bucks. I actually pulled the 350/350 engine/trans, tilt column, power steering box, and truck rally wheels from the 78 too. If you go the power steering route, don't forget the strengthening plate so the frame doesn't crack. I got the 78 c10 for $400 with a fresh rebuild on the engine. It wasn't much to look at, but had all the right parts I needed for my build.I hope this helps some of you guys with a tight budget like me.Here's the link for the CPP 6 lug rotors:http://www.classicperform.com/Store/1960_1972_Chevy_Truck/CP4R5.htmHere's the link for the tie rod connectors that allow you to use the 73-87 tie rod ends.http://www.classicperform.com/Store/1960_1972_Chevy_Truck/CP4SCS.htm
Might be a lot less work if you just changed the hole crossmember.60-87 are interchangeable.Use the 73-87 front crosmember there is only 7 bolts on eather side and they slipe right in.You have to drill one hole and file another.As for the rear end you can buy angled spring perches from CPP and weld to the later rear. Get a doner like c10phil is the best. you can use a lot more if you want like the Master cylinder stearing(there is a kit to put the later sector on you truck CPP). I used a 75 for my 63.
I have a 1965 GMC which had the six lugs. I took the entire front suspension from a 1975 Chevy 1/2 ton P/U with the 5 lug & disc to include the upper and lower control arms. I also used the center link to include the tie rod ends and ball joints and it bolted right up. I used the steering gear box also;(wanted power steering) however I had to buy the mounting bracket for the steering gear box from Classic Chevy's in Kings Mountain NC. I truly appreciate you question because it was the same question I had when I wanted to switch to a five lug.
I have two six to five lug adaptors I will let go for half what I paid for them. I did the same swap on my 63. I used a 73 donor truck. I swapped everything but the crossmember including the master cylinder, booster and proportioning valve. I ran the adaptors till I was able to buy new rear axles.
c10phill,I have a 65 chevy as well and i am now fixing it up, in your reply about the drum to disk break conversion you said you put power steering on it i am doing the same, but you said ( dont forget the strengthening plate so the frame doesn't crack ) how should i go about that? is there something to buy? or do i just weld a plate on there and if so where should i weld the plate so that it will help the best?Jon
I'm planning on doing the same conversion to my 69 and got everything but the crossmember. What is different about the 73-87 crossmembers that requires its use?
check out "REZ engineering" they have exactly what you need and its a bolt in kit
Thespecialist:I think the 73 and up chevy 1/2 ton 5 lug will fit. The only reason I said 'I think' is that is what I use on the 67-72. I think the front suspension is the same. But obviously you will have to change the rear. The cheap way I did the rear was with adapter plates. You will probably have to ungrade you ball joints to suit the later front and possibly the tie rod ends. It has been a while since I did it.I have a 68 C10 5-lug, are you saying I can use any 73 and up chevy 1/2 ton 5 lug and it will bolt on to my truck?
I am using a 73 donor for my 67, where did you order your axles? and about what do they run? thanks in advance. the 67 has a 12 bolt with a posi from the factory so I wanted to keep that housing and carrier and just swap axles.
I have a 63 GMC truck(6 lug) would this also work on a GMC?Thanks,JoeTecumseh, MI
i found a decent "78 donor truck, body, etc no good,for $50. i pulled the whole front cross member out and cleaned-painted and rebuilt it completely. it bolted right in my '69 c10 along with the p.s parts. no drilling, just cleaned, rebuilt and bolted in. i changed the axles from 5 to 6 lug got a new set of 8" rallye wheels and was happy with all. the interchangeability is amazing on old chevy trucks.i'll be glad to answer any other questions if needed. had my '69 since '82 and have just about rebuilt-replaced everything on it.john p.www.yephotrods.com
If you had just the disc brake spindles you would have to change the ball joints. The tierod tapers are larger and also the thickness of the draglink.
I have a 1960 c-10 i have a 1970 6 lug power drum brake front susp that came with truck just bolted in loosely and steering box, basically a 1970 front susp w/cross memb., does anybody know if a 1973 thru? would swap in including powersteering i would like to go to disc brakes i also noticed that where the steering box mounts that part of the frame is boxed will the mid 70's box bolt right up? any help would be greatly appreciate thx Hop Sing