Put the Stop to Drum Brakes

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Wil­wood Disc Brake '59-'64 Im­pala Kit

WIL­WOOD DISC BRAKE '59-'64 IM­PALA KIT

Chrome, pat­terns, mu­rals, pumps, dumps, LS en­gine, bat­ter­ies, sound sys­tem, wire wheels, 5.20-size tires. It sounds like I fired off the main in­gre­di­ents for cre­at­ing a loaded lowrider, but what I’ve ac­tu­ally listed are all the ma­jor com­po­nents that add ad­di­tional weight to an al­ready-heavy clas­sic car.

Let’s face it, you need to be able to stop your car fast but that prob­a­bly won’t hap­pen if you’re rockin’ the stock brakes in your clas­sic car. In stock for­ma­tion, the brak­ing tech­nol­ogy of the ’60s may have been good at the time, but fast­for­ward to present day (and fac­tor in all the mo­ronic drivers) and that same dated tech­nol­ogy is sure to un­der­per­form. Now throw into the mix a lot more speed, thanks to an LS en­gine (and the ad­di­tional weight of all your mods), and what you have is essen­tially a train with poor brakes— and one you wouldn’t want to drive, let alone ride in.

Thanks to the good folks at Wil­wood, they’ve rec­og­nized the need to stop in a hurry, so they de­vel­oped a new brak­ing sys­tem that’s per­fect for use with re­v­erse-lipped 14-inch wire wheels. The in­tro­duc­tion of their new FNSL6R bil­let forged six-pis­ton calipers with 13- to 14-inch ro­tors de­liv­ers the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion for brak­ing power and style for tra­di­tional, non-ABS spin­dles on Amer­i­can mus­cle cars and vin­tage rods.

Built ex­clu­sively for 17-inch and larger wheels, SL6 kits en­hance tire and sus­pen­sion up­grades on all types of cus­tom show and high­per­for­mance, dual-pur­pose, street and track ma­chines. A full range of op­tions for caliper fin­ishes and ro­tor de­signs are guar­an­teed to catch the eye of the most dis­crim­i­nat­ing en­thu­si­ast while pro­vid­ing op­ti­mized brake per­for­mance for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual ap­pli­ca­tion.

“ON SOME FAC­TORY SPIN­DLES, BUT NOT ALL, A SMALL AREA ON THE BRACKET SIDE OF THE SPINDLE WILL NEED TO BE MOD­I­FIED TO AC­CEPT THE WIL­WOOD CALIPER BRACKET.”

Based on the ven­er­a­ble forged bil­let Dy­nalite caliper, th­ese ver­sa­tile kits are eas­ily op­tioned to suit the brak­ing re­quire­ments and style pref­er­ences (pol­ished and en­graved) for a daily driver, se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion, or the street and show lowrider. Most kits re­quire no mod­i­fi­ca­tions for in­stal­la­tion and pro­vide plenty of clear­ance that can be used with ei­ther man­ual or power boost mas­ter cylin­ders. So stop play­ing games and make sure your brake sys­tem is on point be­cause at the end of the day all that money and time poured into cre­at­ing your dream car means noth­ing if it can’t stop in a hurry. Even more im­por­tant to con­sider is the fact that your car can al­ways be re­placed (al­beit a pain in the ass), but the lives of the peo­ple in­side your ve­hi­cle can’t, so get right and stop play­ing be­cause Wil­wood has the an­swer. Now all you have to do is step to the plate and in­stall the real brakes. Here are just a few in­stall steps demon­strated on the front and back brakes of a '61 Im­pala.

The Wil­wood Forged Nar­row Su­per­lite 4R rear disc kit pro­vides the ul­ti­mate big brake so­lu­tion for pop­u­lar mus­cle car rear axles that re­quire a park­ing brake. FNSL4R four-pis­ton calipers, 13- or 14inch two-piece ro­tors, and high­per­for­mance BP-10 com­pound pads pro­vide op­ti­mized and bal­anced brak­ing to com­ple­ment front big brake up­grades on all types of cus­tom, show, and high­per­for­mance street ma­chines. The neatly hid­den in­ter­nal shoe sys­tem pro­vides a clean in­stal­la­tion with su­pe­rior static hold­ing power for park­ing. Op­tional caliper fin­ishes and ro­tor de­signs al­low builders to per­son­al­ize the style and per­for­mance for ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion.

The rear disc brake as­sem­bly only needs mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions (as shown here), but disc brakes should only be in­stalled by some­one ex­pe­ri­enced and com­pe­tent in the in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance of disc brakes.

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