Throwback Thursday: Replacing Junk Disc Brakes With Quality Brakes

When it comes to upgrading a classic hot rod, brakes don’t seem to get the attention they deserve. They are typically an afterthought, and that occurs after they are deemed inadequate. For that reason, I decided that a great article for this Throwback Thursday will cover a quality disc-brake upgrade.

As you know, each week we take a look back through the Power Automedia vaults and locate an article we feel is worthy of another look. This week, we are taking a trip back to October 2014, to check out, Junk To Jewel: Replacing Junk Disc Brakes With Quality Brakes.

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The Signature Series brakes from The Right Stuff are special for the early Nova. That’s because they don’t increase the track width.

In the original article, the owner of a ’67 Nova had previously purchased a four-wheel disc-brake setup, but it was the cheapest he could find. While everything showed up and looked great, the kit was semi-universal. This means the rear brake lines didn’t fit very well and the emergency-brake cables wouldn’t connect. But, after everything was installed, that’s when the nightmare was in full effect.

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Once the fronts were installed, it was time to focus on the rear.

The brakes wouldn’t bleed. Hours of time and countless bottles of fluid were spent on the system. The brand-new booster didn’t even work. Brake lines, booster, master cylinder, and just about everything else was replaced again, but to no avail.

Fed up with wasting time and money, Jeff gave a call to Tom Tiernan of Ground Up to see what brake-upgrade options he had for him. Tiernan recommended the parts distributor’s line of The Right Stuff brakes. “This line of brake kits applies to the everyday muscle car enthusiast who makes up the majority of our audience,” says Tiernan.

“These are for the weekend wrencher that wants something better looking and better performing than stock disc brakes, but doesn’t necessarily need a super high-end (and very expensive) road racing disc-brake setup.” It’s a brake-upgrade kit that performs great for a daily driver, is ample enough for a little Pro Touring, and it doesn’t break the bank.

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Buying a brake upgrade kit that actually does what it is supposed to, is definitely worth more than those “other” less expensive kits you can find on eBay.

In the original article, you’ll not only learn about the install, but also get real-world results as the car is tested on a secluded highway to get honest-to-goodness stopping improvement numbers.

There’s a lot more in-depth information in this informative brake upgrade throwback article, but you’ll have to check out the original article to get all the info. So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t time to find out how easy it is to upgrade the brakes on your hot rod? For that reason, I selected Junk To Jewel: Replacing Junk Disc Brakes With Quality Brakes as this week’s Throwback Thursday showcase article.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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