View Full Version : Improving 62 Champ brakes

11-24-2008, 07:36 AM
Just installed the dual chamber MC on the champ and would like to find out what you guys do to upgrade or improve the drum brakes on these trucks?

11-24-2008, 08:27 AM
Lots of good information on the truck forum and on Bob Johnstones website.

11-24-2008, 09:55 AM
i have a 63 champ and i found a place that has complete disc brake kit for the truck ill have to find the website and ill put up a message about it

11-24-2008, 10:21 AM
Yes, Turner has the disc brake set up. I am wondering about upgrading the drum brakes.I'll check out the truck forum.

Warren Webb
11-24-2008, 10:24 AM
I upgraded my 61 Champ to front disc's & the difference is incredible! I can't help you though on where they came from since I got mine at the La Palma swap meet a few years ago, but whatever they cost, they are well worth the money!

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

11-24-2008, 12:55 PM
Based on my '41 Commander, entire late model V-8 brakes should fit.

You rotate the backing plate until 4 of the 6 bolt holes line up with the holes in the steering knuckle, then use the knuckle as a stencil to drill the other 2.

You get the benefit of the later style brakes and you can even keep the original drums if you want to preserve the stock lug pattern.

Lenny R2
11-24-2008, 09:42 PM
I have the 63 champ brake setup on my 62 champ.I had the hubs
machined so chevy drums fit right on.I also installed a Hydravac
power booster.I bought the 63 backing plates from Vern Ediger
in Kansas.

Atlanta Ga.

11-25-2008, 11:00 AM
Yeah, the 8E series (63-64 Champ) 1/2ton brakes WERE a factory upgrade if you can find one as a donor. They ARE, in effect, later Stude V8 car brakes. They're self-energizing which makes them a big improvement over the 7E and earlier, 1/2ton truck brakes

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door