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Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
#1357350 Mon Apr 27 2020 01:53 AM
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Does anyone know of a after-market front disc option for a 1949 Chev 3600? If so, who might I contact?

Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
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Greetings, I bought mine for my 51 GMC 1 ton and it has a PTO. DAVE was great to work with. I acquired calipers and rotors from a Chev 1 ton van and everything else from Dave.

Dave Chapman
The Hollister Road Company
713-937-0387
info@hollisterroad.com
www.hollisterroad.com [hollisterroad.com]
www.thoroco.com [thoroco.com]

I am very pleased with the kit.

Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1357397 Mon Apr 27 2020 08:50 AM
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If I recall, Dave (Hollister road) passed away a year or two ago. I am not sure what happened to the business. I think it was shut down. There is a company TsmMfg.net that offers a kit. It looks like it only uses single piston calipers.

Try looking or posting in the tons o fun forum, probably more info there.

Jon

Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1357652 Tue Apr 28 2020 10:49 PM
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Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
Whitedog #1358256 Sat May 02 2020 05:02 PM
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Thanks for these website links. The tsmmfg.net looks like they may be able to help. On the websites I've checked, the disc brake conversion all state 16" wheels or larger. I bought my truck last fall and it's running P235175R15 tires. These are the old split rim wheels. The rims are in nice shape and painted to match the detailing of my truck. I'm sure there's plenty advice on rim sizes within this forum. I was hoping I might find a disc brake solution and not have to change my wheel size.

Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1358258 Sat May 02 2020 05:35 PM
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Any disc brake that will fit inside your 15" wheels will have marginal performance at best, and it's probably going to be impossible to find 8-lug discs that small. The split rims will help a little, because they won't have the drop centers necessary to mount tubeless tires.
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Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1358329 Sun May 03 2020 04:37 AM
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Both kits use late model rotors. I believe 12.7 diameter. You'll never get them Inside the OE 15" rims. You'll need to upgrade to a 16" one piece. Even then there still may be some clearance issues depending on the backspacing and where the center disc is welded to the dropped portion of the rim.


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Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1358474 Mon May 04 2020 02:00 AM
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Has anyone installed either of these two kits? Happy with them ?


Allen
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Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1358486 Mon May 04 2020 04:31 AM
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Allen, try Packhousemike. He has installed with success and has some useful guidelines.

Re: Disc Brake Conversion for 49 Chev 3600
TGill #1358488 Mon May 04 2020 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Packhousemike
Tophat: The TSM brake kits I used on my 51 3800 pickup should bolt up the same on your 49 3800 panel if it still has all the stock setup as far as axles, hubs, etc. The 8 lug wheels I used are 16 x 8 with 4" back set, so the inside of the wheels/tires are in the same relative position as the stock wheels/tires, the extra width fills up the fenders very nicely.
TGill: Yes, you will have to go to a 16" wheel to clear the 12 3/4" rotor/caliper setup. They have about 3/8-7/16" clearance, it's hard to see in the pictures, but it is plenty. If I can't get these pictures to post here, pm me and I'll send them to your phone or email. As far as the brakes, go for it, made all the difference in stopping, straight, smooth, and quick! And I'm not using a booster, got a dual m/cylinder from POL, biggest headache was making up all new hard lines. Double flares are aggravating. Think I got the pics in here, hoping for the best.

Here's Mike's reply buried in another forum (my bad).

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