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1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
#1360833 Mon May 18 2020 12:43 PM
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Hello, I am new to the group thanks for the add and a new proud owner of a 1961 Chevy c10 stepside with a 350 in her I am very excited to get her going but need help along the way lol.

I would first like to upgrade her brake system to rotors I Was wondering if the mustang ll FTS fit? I have seen that it may fit? Where is the best priced items I would like the coils, arms, axel to come with?

Thanks everyone

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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360849 Mon May 18 2020 03:31 PM
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Welcome. The fact that you have a ‘61 will present you with several problems. You have a torsion bar suspension. You can get a disc brake conversion kit fairly easily but the other modifications you are talking about require a whole lot more work. There are ways to remove everything and bolt on, with fabrication, a later Chevy front suspension and steering components. Kits are out there to use the Mustang II system but read the fine print to make sure they will work with your ‘61. Good luck.


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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360875 Mon May 18 2020 07:15 PM
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The grill isn't a '61. Does it have coil springs or torsion bars in the front suspension? Might be a '63.

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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360886 Mon May 18 2020 08:36 PM
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Either is the hood.


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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360890 Mon May 18 2020 08:50 PM
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It does appear to have the “Knee Knocker” doors.🛠


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'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360926 Tue May 19 2020 02:56 AM
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Thats a 63 grill


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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360927 Tue May 19 2020 02:58 AM
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Looks to be a '63 to me. Perhaps the o.p.wil post the1st bit of the vin.


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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360932 Tue May 19 2020 04:24 AM
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Sometimes a truck gets "mended" with other year parts. Typical. The cab is 60-63.


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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1360937 Tue May 19 2020 10:33 AM
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Chevgirl,

Welcome. Nice to have 60-66 folks around stovebolt. Yes we will need the serial (vin) number on door of cab to make it easier to focus response. 60-62 suspensions are not conducive to your mod. Can be done but takes more drastic steps. If 63 things get easier.
Grill suggests mods were made to your 61 (which also important to your question) or you have a 63.


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Re: 1961 C10 stepside upgrade brake system
ChevGirl61 #1361942 Mon May 25 2020 11:48 PM
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There used to be a great company called Early Classic Enterprises that sold the entire kit with everything part you needed in one box, but they shut down earlier this year.

Here is a good place to get started if you really want to run front discs:

'60-'66 Disc Brake Conversions [chevytalk.org]

A lot of the 'old truck' magazines, now websites have articles about switching over.

Do your research if you choose to go with a kit, as always buyer beware.

I've been running the drums on my '65 C10 with power brakes since 2003... and it works great, except maybe during a panic stop or in the real hard rain, but I just slow down more, mostly.

good luck, welcome to the 'bolt.

-Woog

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