My project is located in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The 'tear-down' is complete, all major structural and drivetrain components are rebuilt and preparations are being made for reconstruction.
I have never done a project like this before and I have many questions.
Please consider yourself invited to participate in advising me as I proceed.
What are the pros/cons of converting this GTO's drum brake system to modern discs?
Are some disc brake systems better suited for installation in heavy old muscle cars like this?
Can you recommend a manufacturer of a disc brake system that might work well for a car like this?
There are really several ways to go. If improvement in handling and braking is in order, then new lower control arms and an installation of later model spindles and discs is a good way to go. Global West and Hotchkis both make kits for this option. If only discs are your choice, check out Right Stuff, they have conversion kits in different levels. Personally I think discs in the front are all that is really needed. The front brakes do 70-80% of the braking. Rebuilding of the rear stock brakes with premium components should provide all the stopping power you'll need unless you into a road racing type of usage. But discs up front is a really good idea.
Wilwood has several good systems. A plus is that they also make caliper mounting brackets for the front that don't require you to change spindles. When you order their "kits", just specify that your car has drum brake spindles.
Be aware also that most aftermarket disc conversions will require you to pay attention to your wheels. The Wilwood system I have on my 69 won't clear 14" wheels, or even 15" wheels with more than 4.25" of back spacing.
If this is a car seeing mild road course use or just dd show use look at ls1 brake conversion much cheaper then willwood or other aftermarket stuff, and they work well, if you want to step up a little c5, c6, or ctsv are better than ls1.
Are there any special considerations to keep in mind when re-installing the original stock power steering pump?
It was operating well when it was removed.
Would it be fine to just swap out the old seals with an aftermarket kit, then paint it and call it good?
Thanks a lot for the advice!
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