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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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About to buy my first classic!

Hey guys,

Decided to ditch my modern car for a classic.
I'm getting a 63 with a 3 on the tree and a 327 that will be for daily driver (30-40 miles a week).

My dad had a 62 Bel air when I was growing up so I've been getting the itch for a full size Chevy and I'm finally going for it.

Any tips for making her as reliable as possible?
Disc brakes, EFI system, and tranny/engine/diff flush I'm assuming are at the top of the list
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 02:02 PM
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Actually just make it safe to drive. Disc brake are not a must have, but you can upgrade to a duel master cyl. EFI systems are nice ,but a HEI distributor makes starting easier. And while your at it a one wire alt removes most charging problems and gets rid of the regulator.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 02:26 PM
 
 
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Thanks for the input.

I was thinking the disc conversion made sense just because it's only a few hundred more than rebuilding the drums.

As far as the HEI distributor is it worth it to spend the extra bucks for a Mallory over summit house brand?

Good idea on the one wire. Didn't even think about that.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 02:32 PM
 
 
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Congrats on your First one and welcome to the team!!!
I got bitten by the classic bug back in 2014 with my first and now I just had #3 delivered last Friday... Depending one the amount of stop and go traffic, I would defiantly recommend brake conversion and also depending on what region you live in, would be a good idea to undercoat to discourage and prevent any rust issues that may arise.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 07:17 AM
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I still have the original brake drum system on my 64. 53 years and running
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 10:57 AM
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If your not into High performance stuff such as aluminum intake, headers, cam change, ect . I would not be buying the most expensive aftermarket equipment. Your local NAPA carries new and rebuilt. As far as disc brakes. I changed my 65 Impala to disc brakes to get rid of darting. When I came to a stop I never knew which way it was going to dart, left or right. The disc brakes solved it. I just feel that if your not having problems with your drum brakes then leave them. But if your rebuilding the whole system, thats the time to think about changing them.

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