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Username Post: Better braking for '69 SS-396?        (Topic#345430)
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06-14-17 12:13 PM - Post#2695928    

I'm looking for suggestions on how to get better braking on my stock '69 SS-396 El Camino. If I push it moderately hard on winding roads or going down hill, the brakes fade pretty quickly. Is there a front disk brake upgrade or rear drum to disk conversion that anyone can recommend? I'm not running the stock 14" wheels, I have 16" IROC wheels so I shouldn't have any clearance issues.

Thanks for any suggestions folks.

Mike Ahlmann
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06-14-17 05:39 PM - Post#2695959    
    In response to mahlmann

There was a factory front disc option with 11" rotors. Those would fit inside 14" disc brake wheels. With 16" wheels you can likely use an aftermarket setup with larger rotors from outfits like Wilwood and others.

Aftermarket discs for the rear are available and 11" rear drums were stock on one of the stretched A-body wagons from either Buick or Olds. My personal preference would be for the drums because the parking brake can be finicky with the disc conversion. However, you MAY have to do a rear axle swap in order to run the 11" drums.


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06-14-17 08:44 PM - Post#2695974    
    In response to raycow

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06-18-17 04:19 AM - Post#2696327    
    In response to johnhem

If the car is a real SS it has disc on the front and if you have good quality shoes, pads the car should stop without problem.

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06-20-17 09:10 PM - Post#2696853    
    In response to mahlmann

i would be looking for pad and shoe upgrades. they are readily available, low cost, and slap right on.

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