Stance is everything. It’s a tricky subject, too. Suspension isn’t easy on your knuckles and if you get it wrong it’ll drain the bank fast. After you finally dial in your ride height the wheel/tire combo has to jive, too. The right wheel tucked inside the fender with a safe amount of clearance is like fine art.
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The nice part is a quick disc brake conversion is small potatoes compared to what most pros have to do. You can expect a fully custom-designed car to sit on a surgically precise wheel and tire package—you even see custom wheeltubs, one-off wheels, you name it. You won’t always get the perfect backspace option on a mass-produced wheel. That’s where Classic Performance Products’ (CPP) minimum offset kit comes in clutch.
There are a ton of variables that can make this conversion (can be also called original offset) the golden ticket. Plenty of brake kits exist for factory and dropped spindles on the ’58-64 platform, but if you want a wider wheel/tire combo or even a reverse-style wheel (very little backspace) every inch matters. You’ll especially run into trouble sourcing a disc brake kit that fits inside smaller-diameter wheels. This kit works.
In our case, we are working on a ’63 Impala using CPP’s 2-inch drop spindles. We’ve moved to a different wheel offset, and to gain the proper clearance we need a hub and brake assembly to compensate some. This kit helps clear not only the inner fenders but also some 14-inch vintage wheels.