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Username Post: 66 front spindles.        (Topic#344037)
MalibuRod 
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04-14-17 08:58 PM - Post#2686683    

Hi All! New guy here. Yes, the spindle question is like...



But i didn't want to hog someone else's thread and the last one was a year old i think. My 66 Malibu is now on Que for a Disc brake Conversion. Just finished working the bugs out of a 383 i dropped in it and man, what a motor! Sounds super nice with Borlas in it as well. This motor slings this car around like an AWD Jeep slings mud around. Tho the front drum brakes stop the car, i feel i'm working them beyond their limit.

I have a front disc system minus the spindles, booster and master cylinder to put in to it. So i'm gonna start with the spindles and acquire the booster and master cyl, later. Good thing too cos i have to address the vacuum issue or, lack there of, from my 383.

So spindles,

I've read that the drum brake ones can be used. I've also read that no, they can't be used. I figure, a set of the ones worked for the change over are like $85 bucks and done! so why not.
However, since i'm swaying towards a nice sure footed,cornering cruiser, the issue of front end geometry rears its head Along with changing to lower spindles,A-frames, steering arms, ball joints etc.
Wish i could live out of my malibu cos i love it so much, but i ain't gonna be using it all the time, its a weekend cruiser. I have redone the suspension front and back! Big ole sway bar up front and back as well. Car is solid as is. Has anybody done the whole change over that can offer some insight? i sure would appreciated. Is it worth it? I have to go to front disc brakes no doubt about it. Maybe i should just go with the stock height spindles, do the disc conversion and visit the geometry issue later.


When't over to "Chevrolet Chevelle forums" to sign up and ask all this nonsense but they turned me down for membership, said the felt i wasn't a good fit for them??!

anyway,

Any input would be great, thanks in advance folks.

Rod.

66 Malibu touring. Stout 383 talking out of a pair of Borlas, sounds Awesome!. And decent suspension in it so far. Lots more to do!
USMC 0331 Dad.


 
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raycow 
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04-16-17 12:59 PM - Post#2686861    
    In response to MalibuRod

If you want to keep your stock geometry, you could use a kit like this which bolts to your stock spindles.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ssb-w123/overvi ...

Similar kits are available from other vendors. I picked this one as an example only because I have experience with Summit.

Oh, I just now saw you have the other parts, so maybe you need only the caliper brackets. This is one of many on ebay.
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/706-53473-192 55-0/1...

Would you mind telling why the Chevelle forum thought you weren't a "good fit"? For example, maybe they do stock only and don't want modified cars?

Ray



 
MalibuRod 
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04-16-17 07:36 PM - Post#2686904    
    In response to raycow

Ray, thank you for all that info sir. I neglected to say, i also have the caliper brackets in the kit. I am only missing the spindles, booster and master cyl. Even have all the mounting hardware, it came with the kit.

No i don't mind at all man,
I never even got to where you would put what kind of ride you have, interest or stuff like that in your profile, was never given a chance.

Used the same info i used to join here except, the name. I used my name instead of "malibu rod"

They just flat out snubbed me. I thought maybe, they thought i was one of them bots so i sent them a message exclaiming, for real?!.

But i'm afraid it is for real, never heard back from them. I'm fraid i got told go for a long walk on a short pier!

Them folks made me feel like when i was applying for my first mortgage...

broke, busted, can't be trusted.

I be damned!

66 Malibu touring. Stout 383 talking out of a pair of Borlas, sounds Awesome!. And decent suspension in it so far. Lots more to do!
USMC 0331 Dad.


 
62sedan 
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04-17-17 05:07 AM - Post#2686941    
    In response to MalibuRod

Rodney.... you might also want to visit here >>>>>> http://chevellestuff.net/ for Chevelle / Malibu help and information.

Chuck






 
MalibuRod 
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04-17-17 06:42 PM - Post#2687054    
    In response to 62sedan

Good stuff Chuck, good info sir!

Thank you man!



66 Malibu touring. Stout 383 talking out of a pair of Borlas, sounds Awesome!. And decent suspension in it so far. Lots more to do!
USMC 0331 Dad.


 
62sedan 
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04-18-17 05:47 AM - Post#2687107    
    In response to MalibuRod

You're very welcome. Glad to be able to help.

Chuck






 
MalibuRod 
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04-18-17 08:05 PM - Post#2687256    
    In response to 62sedan

Well fellas, I decided to go with the stock height spindles, they're on their way!

Brake Booster and M/Cylinder next. Now the next questions...

9" or 11" booster?. Single or dual chamber?

Semi vacuum, assisted electric vacuum pump or, fully electric?

I've heard horror stories from people that have done the conversion, about how they ended up with no pedal or no pressure and no brakes! And that has been with an engine providing, 16-22psi vacuum.

I'm starting out with less then 10. Bout 8!

Gotta get it done, no turning back, did i forget something?!





66 Malibu touring. Stout 383 talking out of a pair of Borlas, sounds Awesome!. And decent suspension in it so far. Lots more to do!
USMC 0331 Dad.


 
raycow 
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04-21-17 08:52 AM - Post#2687593    
    In response to MalibuRod

Have you looked into hydroboost?

Ray

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MalibuRod 
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04-22-17 05:16 PM - Post#2687801    
    In response to raycow

Ray,

No sir i have not. I don't know thing one about the system except that is driven off, of the P/steering pump. Some of them units can be pricey as well. I'm guessing, you would have to plumb into the existing pump lines to provide hydraulic assist to the unit?

66 Malibu touring. Stout 383 talking out of a pair of Borlas, sounds Awesome!. And decent suspension in it so far. Lots more to do!
USMC 0331 Dad.


 
raycow 
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04-26-17 09:37 AM - Post#2688330    
    In response to MalibuRod

I apologize for the delay in answering. Yes, the most common setup uses your existing PS pump and the lines connect at either the pump or steering gear, depending on which gives you the most convenient routing.

Ray

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