This procedure/conversion will allow you to use C5 Corvette brake components on your G-Body. You will benefit from 1.1" thick, 13" dia. rotors, and powerful two-piston floating calipers. Shop smart and the most expensive part will be the hub/bearing assembly. This combo will fit inside most 17" and larger wheels, BUT NOT ALL!!! Parts list- - C4 "HD" rotors (Frt) - C5 Calipers w/"Baskets"(brackets)(Frt) - Brake Pads - "ZQ8" (v6) S10 Steering Knuckles ('98 2wd S10 Blazers) - "ZQ8" (v6) S10 Hub/Bearing Assemblies - Custom-made adapter brackets (To mount the caliper bracket to the spindle/steering knuckle)
- New tubular upper control arms.
The frame has been repainted, and is now awaiting new suspension. Tubular uppers, Del-A-Lum lower bushings, 650# springs w/ adjusters, and Howe tall upper and lower ball joints.
Here's my new 13" Corvette rotors. Slotted/Cross-drilled, from RotorWorks. (Next to Metallica's, "Kill 'em All" CD, for size comparison.) I love saying that these are for my station wagon. Hehe.
The front suspension is comin' together finally. I am very happy with the color scheme.
I scored a set of C5 Corvette front calipers on eBay. Calipers, brackets, bolts, hoses, and new pads...all for less than the cost of ONE "new" C5 caliper!!
The complete, painted setup. Brackets are in the works as you read this. I'll post a template when they're done.
When the motor was finally set in, the ride height was still much higher than I wanted it, even with the adjust all the way down. So, 2 inches were removed from the adjusters to give me the extra drop I needed.
I plan to use a quick ratio power rack and pinion setup w/ bump steer adjustable tie rod ends. A crossmember must be welded in to mount the rack to.
I'm actually making some progress on the caliper brackets. The bracket design and measurements are all drawn out and rough cut from 1/4" steel. The final pieces that will go on the car will be cut from 1/2" steel plate for strength, and therefore safety. Clearance is Amazing...
Even though the wagon is far from complete, I picked up another set of wheels. This time, the wheels are for drag only; possibly some street time depending on the tires I get for them. They are 15x8" Weld Racing DragLites. A friend of mine sold them to me, with the tires for an excellent deal that I just could not pass up. I did need to polish them up, but they cleaned up amazingly.
WE HAVE LIFTOFF...
I'm finally ready to take the body off, and start on the rear suspension! I have ordered a Ford 9", with 35 spline Moser axles. Plans for the thirdmember, include a Detroit Locker, 3.50 gearset, and on beast of a case (hopefully). To go with the new rear, I also obtained some QA1 coilover shocks. These things are GORGEOUS! I'm so anxious to see the fresh rear end, with the coilovers, and panhard bar... but, enough talk, here's pictures.
Rear coils installed, with the new 9" housing. A little more bracing will be added, but you get the idea.
The frame has been notched to make room for the 315/35417 street tires and the 10.50 tires I plan on running on the track.
Once all of the frame/suspension fabrication was completed, the entire frame was stripped to bare metal. Two coats of primer sealer, and two coats of Hot Rod Flatz Chassis Satin Black later, the frame was finished.
Partially assembled.. I ended up making my own lower control arms for the rear. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to fabricated something! They're double adjustable, and made of 1-5/8 4130 Chromoly, Spohn Del-Sphere joints on both ends.
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