Being in the magazine business, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in putting the best stuff on our cars just because it’s the latest, greatest, or biggest thing out there. We often lose sight of what is most practical for our cars, and especially our wallets. Be it engine components, suspension stuff, wheels, tires, or whatever, it’s so easy to get sucked into the “bling” aspect of a particular component just because it’s “cool.”
For this tech piece we dialed it way back and decided to go to the roots of a simple disc brake replacement installation. This basic install takes place on a second-generation Camaro that was in some dyer need of some new brake components. The calipers and rotors looked to be as old as the car itself. And even though we were sure the pads had been changed at some point, that was up for discussion though—the existing surface was about as thick as the 8-track tape we found under the rear seat.
We got on the phone and called up the experienced team over at Classic Performance Products (CPP) in Anaheim, California. They are known for their basic suspension and brake kits, and some of the most top-of-the-line performance components in the industry, so we knew they would be able to point is in the right direction for our simple swap. We told them we wanted to go with their stock replacement offerings for our ’71. We’re talking no bells or whistles, just a basic, proper-functioning brake system. The discs aren’t slotted or drilled (although CPP offers those for about 50 bucks more), and the booster and master cylinder are stock replacements.
This simple disc brake replacement can be performed by anyone in their garage or driveway with some basic hand tools and a couple of free hours. Not only is it easy, its’ effective. You’ll instantly notice the newfound stopping power of the new binders. Best of all, you’ll only need about $380.00 and a friend to help bleed the brakes once you’ve completed the install.
In order to keep costs down, we went with individual brake components for our ’71. But if you need spindles for your ride, CPP offers the 1970-78 stock spindle disc brake wheel kit (which includes new spindles) for $549.00.
Source Interlink Tech Center manager, Jason Scudellari, starts the brake install by removing the vintage brake calipers. He loosens the allen bolt with a 3/8-inch wrench on the top and bottom of the caliper bracket.
With the bolts removed the caliper just lifts off.
The brake disc comes off simply...
The brake disc comes off simply by loosening the spindle nut. Be sure to throw away the old cotter pin as you’ll always need to use a new one.
With the lines disconnected,...
With the lines disconnected, the master cylinder and brake booster were ready to be removed.
Just a little tap on the seal...
Just a little tap on the seal was necessary to get the bearings snugly in place. Be sure to use a rubber hammer as to not dent or bend the seal.
Break It Down
1 Item #4059
1 Item #4060
2 Item #AR-8202E
2 Camaro Rotors
2 Item #LM11949 A-2
2 Item #LM67048 A-6
1 Item # CPPHWF-C
Dust Cap Hardware Kit
2 Item # BB-716
Banjo Bolt 7/16-20
1 Item # 7079BB-11
Power Brake Booster, 11” Booster 7079 CM