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sum_weirdo
06-21-2005, 04:23 PM
My 83 Tbird has front disc brakes and rear drums. The whole system needs an overhaul so says the garage that changed off my winter tires. They want to charge me $1000 for the job so as you might imagine I'm contemplating the job myself with maybe some help from a buddy. I may not get to the rear brakes for months but I'm wondering what would be involved in getting rid of the drums altogether and converting to 4 wheel disc brakes. Are the front components interchangable with the rear?

slamedcat
06-21-2005, 04:26 PM
4 lug to 5 lug conversion (http://www.coolcats.net/tech/advanced/4to5lug.html)
TC rear axle swap (http://www.coolcats.net/tech/advanced/tcaxle.html)

TurboCoupe50
06-21-2005, 07:43 PM
My 83 Tbird has front disc brakes and rear drums. The whole system needs an overhaul so says the garage that changed off my winter tires. They want to charge me $1000 for the job so as you might imagine I'm contemplating the job myself with maybe some help from a buddy. I may not get to the rear brakes for months but I'm wondering what would be involved in getting rid of the drums altogether and converting to 4 wheel disc brakes. Are the front components interchangable with the rear?

Take lots of K-Y jelly, cause if you pay the SOB's $1000, you're gettin a royal screwin'...

The only parts that interchange from front to rear are the lug nuts....

jasontbird
06-21-2005, 09:47 PM
Take lots of K-Y jelly, cause if you pay the SOB's $1000, you're gettin a royal screwin'

My thoughts exactly.

I suppose if they replace every component of the brake system, power booster, master cylinder, front disks, calipers, rear drums and cylinders, new brake lines, and new pads, all from a dealer plus labor, I guess that might be about right. You could buy a kick'n' rear disk conversion kit from jegs or summit for like $650.00.