While many folks are content with slapping on a new set of front disc brakes, very few people take the time to do it right and upgrade the rear as well. As we know, Corvettes built from 1953-’64 had rear drums (there were only a handful of ’65s that were shod with drums, by then most had disc brakes at all 4 corners).
There’s a host of reasons to pitch out those old shoes and slap on a set of rotors, the obvious one being vastly superior braking advantages. Control is another one. Most older cars are nose heavy to say the least. Travelling 60 mph in a 3500 lb. vehicle and dropping the anchor on a car that’s front-only disc brake equipped can bring about some scary end swapping. A quality set of rear discs can keep the rear end at bay and greatly reduce stopping distances. Add not having the hassle of replacing worn shoes, and the conversion route is starting to look pretty worthwhile.
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