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Username Post: Spindles That will work ?        (Topic#259464)
SteveW 
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03-18-11 12:25 PM - Post#2063500    

Can someone tell me what other car spindles will fit on 55 Chevy 210 control arms?
I have been told that the spindles from a 68 - 72 Monte Carlo , Chevelle or Grand Prix will fit in place of the 55 Chevy spindles.
If this is true can I just get spindles ,rotor and caliper all at once and bolt to the control arms of my 55?
Will the ball joints from the 55 fit those spindles?
This would make it easy to remember what kind of brake parts to get to fit .


 
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03-18-11 01:47 PM - Post#2063534    
    In response to SteveW

Any 56 or 57 Chevy spindle will fit a 55. That's about it. If it was that simple, everybody would do it and the aftermarket brake vendors would be out of a job. Later model rotors and calipers will fit aftermarket caliper brackets on the stock spindles. It depends on the bracket, which rotors and calipers to use.
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rj_ly 
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03-19-11 08:32 AM - Post#2063922    
    In response to acardon

The Monte Carlo brake rotors will fit the '55 spindle. But.... they need cut down to fit.
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Rick_L 
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03-19-11 09:28 AM - Post#2063937    
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That's not true. The rotors from a 70-72 Monte Carlo, 69-72 Chevelle, 69 Camaro, or 68-74 Nova will bolt right up on a 55-57 spindle. You can use the calipers from these too, but you'll need an aftermarket or custom made bracket for it. In fact that's what 99% of the "kits" have.

 
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03-21-11 08:01 AM - Post#2064832    
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  • Rick_L Said:
That's not true. The rotors from a 70-72 Monte Carlo, 69-72 Chevelle, 69 Camaro, or 68-74 Nova will bolt right up on a 55-57 spindle. You can use the calipers from these too, but you'll need an aftermarket or custom made bracket for it. In fact that's what 99% of the "kits" have.



I just know what the guys in my (former )local Classic Chevy club did to their cars. They all said they had to have the Monte rotors cut down.
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03-21-11 05:55 PM - Post#2065199    
    In response to SteveW

Yes, but!!!! At one time this swap was done to get disc brakes on tri-5's. A tapered spacer is needed fro the lower ball joint to fit the larger hole in the spindle. I did this swap, although with the taller full size spindle on a friend's 55 wagon, about 20 years ago. You have to play with alignment, and steering arms etc. Best bet, is to use commonly available adapter brackets for disc brakes.

 
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03-21-11 07:04 PM - Post#2065252    
    In response to Algoma56

You can use spindles from a late 60s Impala/Caprice or even a C3 Corvette, but they need the tapered spacers, and they need shortened upper control arms. Not even close to a bolt in swap.

The Chevelle/Monte Carlo/Camaro/Nova spindles have the lower ball joint pin pointing up and the 55-57 has them pointing down, there is no practical way to use them short of swapping the whole front frame clip.

 
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03-22-11 06:52 PM - Post#2065715    
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I can't find article, but I remember it listing the full-size, C3 and intermediate spindles as working on the 55-7 cars. It was in the early Classic Chevy club newsletters. When I did the swap with the full-size spindles, I had to use a lot of alignment spacers, as well as retapering the tie rod hole to fit tire rod from other side. Never tried the intermediate spindles, so don't doubt your advice at all, and agree that there are a lot of easier ways to mount discs with OEM replacement parts(rotors, calipers, bearing sets, etc)

Edited by Algoma56 on 03-22-11 06:53 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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03-23-11 03:58 AM - Post#2065819    
    In response to Algoma56

I have the C3 spindles and brakes on mine.



Late 60s Impala disc brake spindles are the same. The spindle is about 1" taller which has some handling advantages. Also, the king pin angle is different, and this gives you a better scrub radius with a wide tire.

Disadvantage is they aren't dropped.

 
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