Switch from drum brakes to disc brakes

There are many advantages that put disc brakes in front of the old drum brakes. Some of these are the stopping power, the durability and a smaller cooling time. Taking all these into consideration has made even the hard-core restoration enthusiasts to make the switch between the two.

Follow these steps:

  1. Use a floor jack to raise the rear of front of the car, and then place it on jack stands. Unlock the wheels and remove them.
  2. Now you must remove the drum. You must tap it with a hammer a few times while pulling it to get it loose.
  3. The brake cylinder has the hydraulic brake lines connected to it. Disconnect them. Now look at the backing plate. It is held to the axle with some bolts, usually located behind the axle. Remove the bolts.
  4. Slide the inner wheel into the back of the rotor, only after you put grease on it. Put you new rotor over the axle studs.
  5. Pack the bearing of the outer wheel and after that slide it, or even tap it with a hammer into the rotor over the spindle. Inside the hole of the spindle install the cotter pin retainer. Now bend the protruding tips with the bolt.
  6. In the place of the backing plate you will install the caliper mounting bracket. It will fit perfectly because it is a direct replacement.
  7. You should have an anti-seize compound in you kit. Put some on the caliper bolt threads. Mount the new brake pads on the caliper and then push the caliper into the rotor with the bolt holes tightened into the mounting brackets.
  8. Put the brake lines back and recheck all the bolts. Now bleed the braking system.
  9. After you replace the other brakes, you need to bleed each wheel.
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