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O.K. guys. My Christmas present to myself this year is going to be a disc brake conversion for my '57. I have read several posts from you guys that are saying you got a power disc brake conversion from Toms Classic for around $400 including pre-bent lines. Was that in the good old days? Because all I can find is a manual conversion for $329.

Also, this manual conversion says that it requires "disc brake wheels." Is there any way of telling if my wheels will accept calipers? I have 14" American Racing OutlawI. They can be seen here: http://www.americanracing.com/browse_ar.asp (it's the second from the top left).

I would like to know in advance if my wheels will work. If they won't I'll have to buy some 15" wheels and tires to go up front.
 
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hi bryan. got mine about 18 months ago at that price, had everything including power booster. i think you will have to get 15" wheels for fit. :)
 

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Your wheels should clear the calipers just fine. Chevy originally invented the Rally wheels for use with disc brakes. (14" rims to clear the 11" rotor/caliper on most cars, and 15" rims for Corvettes with a 12" rotor). The disc brake compatible rims have a different profile on the backside which lets them clear the caliper. Aftermarket wheels have this same profile these days.
 

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I just finished my upgrade to dropped spindles and disc brakes/power unit. I used Heidts spindles and there disc brake set up, new brake lines all around from Danchuck. I was also able to retain my original 14" old style cragar wheels!
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Your wheels should clear the calipers just fine. Chevy originally invented the Rally wheels for use with disc brakes. (14" rims to clear the 11" rotor/caliper on most cars, and 15" rims for Corvettes with a 12" rotor). The disc brake compatible rims have a different profile on the backside which lets them clear the caliper. Aftermarket wheels have this same profile these days.
I have 14" Cragar SS wheels on my '57, and I was told that they would not work with the Tom's Classic kit/11" rotors. Does anyone know if that is true? I was in the process of buying that kit until I was told my wheels would not work. Bill
 

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I have 14" Cragar SS wheels on my '57, and I was told that they would not work with the Tom's Classic kit/11" rotors. Does anyone know if that is true? I was in the process of buying that kit until I was told my wheels would not work. Bill
My 14" Cragar SS wheels just fit by a hair with the Heidts rotors which I believe are 10.5". I think you"ll have troubles fitting the Cragars with an 11" rotor.
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if the conversion uses early Camaro/ Chevekke roters its like Rick said, no different than putting Cragers on a 70 Chevelle SS.
 
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