63 ChevyII Convertible
Hi I am also fairly new to the forum, and have done similar front end work to my 63 convertible. I put in power rack & pinion and that was a great add.
Then I switched to power disk brakes, and then the problems started. Bottom line is the 62-65 front design isn't too good (weak) and adding disc brakes typically will push the wheels outward about 3/4" - 1" . May not seem like much but it is enough to stress the design so it will not hold an alignment. This is also magnified by any additional weight put on the system, in my case a 406 small block, 700R4, bigger radiator pwr steering pump etc, it all adds up. Pushing the wheels out also starts the fender wheel rub problem.
I am giving up on the stock design, and starting the project of converting to a Mustang II subframe conversion (Heidt's type). Supposedly this will solve all problems; bring the track width narrower and move the wheel rear slightly, thus centering the wheel in the fender. It is a kit so in the end I will have several extra parts: power rack& pinion, disc brakes, spindles, control arms, new ball joints, ... added to the mutitude of stuff I already have.
I wish I would have done the conversion to begin with! The $3K seemd like too much and I thought I could get what I wanted piecmeal. Now by the time I am done I will have spent $5K and have all these slightly used parts to sell, if anyone is interested.
Last edited by Harlan63; 19th-February-2012 at 09:27 AM.