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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

Picking the Proper Vacuum Hose For Your Brake System

Posted by toby on Sep 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Because we are gear heads, we take every chance to look under the hoods during car shows and swap meets.  One of our guys just got back from a big show and he was surprised by how a mistake he saw so many times. 

To use his words, “How could something like this be wrong on so many vehicles?”

Since we are in the brake business, we notice more things when it comes to a vehicle’s braking system than most classic car enthusiasts. Kind of like the house painter that can’t walk into a room without checking the paint line between the wall and the ceiling.

So what was it that our resident gear head noticed? About half of the vehicles he saw had a power brake booster with the wrong type of hose going from the engine vacuum source to the brake booster.

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Topics: brake systems, brakes, classic cars, How To Series, vacuum hose, Vintage Cars

Picking the Proper Vacuum Hose For Your Brake System

Posted by toby on Apr 16, 2015 4:41:05 PM

Because we are gear heads, we take every chance to look under the hoods during car shows and swap meets.  One of our guys just got back from a big show and he was surprised by how a mistake he saw so many times.  To use his words, “How could something like this be wrong on so many vehicles?”

Since we are in the brake business, we notice more things when it comes to a vehicle’s braking system than most classic car enthusiasts. Kind of like the house painter that can’t walk into a room without checking the paint line between the wall and the ceiling. So what was it that our resident gear head noticed? About half of the vehicles he saw had a power brake booster with the wrong type of hose going from the engine vacuum source to the brake booster.

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Topics: brake systems, brakes, classic cars, How To Series, vacuum hose, Vintage Cars

Master Cylinder FAQ’s For Classic Car Owners

Posted by toby on Jan 6, 2015 9:33:40 AM

The master cylinder is a critical component of your brake system.  Should a master cylinder fail, we have a safety problem that is even more compounded if you are driving a classic car with a single reservoir master cylinder. In addition to our own safety, we also endanger the drivers sharing the road with us.  This post offers a brief description of how the master cylinder works, explains why the unit may fail, and offers some answers to commonly asked questions. 

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Topics: brake systems, brakes, classic cars, Vintage Cars, master cylinder, Master Cylinder

Winterizing Classic Cars: Brake System Checklist

Posted by toby on Oct 29, 2014 2:03:45 PM

My mind wanders when raking leaves and sooner or later, I start thinking about preparing for winter. Before the really cold weather sets in, I need to finish the leaves, disconnect and store hoses, add stabilizer to my gas cans stored in the garage…and prep my 68 Nova for winter hibernation.  If you live in an area prone to nasty winter weather, you have probably developed a winterization and storage check-list for your classic car similar to mine.  Common winterizing steps include washing and waxing your vehicle, filling the gas tank and adding fuel stabilizer, changing the oil and filter, adding air and removing tires, checking the antifreeze, removing the battery, and placing your car on jack stands. Since everyone here makes a living talking brakes it should not come as a big surprise that we suggest one additional step:  winterizing your brake system.  Winterizing is fast and easy—and the entire process is completed in three steps.

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Topics: brake systems, brakes, classic cars, How To Series, preventative maintenance, winterizing, storage, wintrer

Remote Mounted Brake Boosters: Vacuum Booster Solutions For Cramped Engine Compartments

Posted by toby on Jun 24, 2014 12:59:45 PM

A commonly heard complaint from people and in particular street rod builders is that they really want to enjoy the benefits of a vacuum booster. So you ask…………“What is the problem?” More often than not, the problem is simply a lack of space. Think about it, you have a street rod with the master cylinder mounted to the framerail under the car. Right next to the master cylinder is the exhaust system or some other barricade. Or you are building a musclecar with some massive engine in a car where a four-cylinder was tight. There is probably barely enough room to secure the master cylinder.

So what does a guy do? One option is a Remote Mounted Brake Booster. What is this you ask? Just like the name implies, a Remote Mounted Brake Booster is a power brake booster that typically mounts in the trunk of the vehicle.

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Topics: Boosters, brake systems, brakes, classic cars, dual diaphragm, Remote Mounted Brake Booster, Vacuum Booster, single diaphragm

Selecting the Right Booster/Master Cylinder Combo For Your Classic Car

Posted by toby on Jun 23, 2014 11:30:06 AM

Converting Manual Brakes to a Power System

If you are looking to convert your current manual brakes to a power system, you are probably wondering which MP Master Cylinder Booster combination to choose. 

Some applications are pretty straight forward as there is only one option, but we see plenty of situations where two, three or even four different options can work.  So which one should you choose?

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Topics: Booster / Master Cylinder Combos, Brake Booster - Master Cylinder Combos, brake systems, classic cars, brake boosters, Converting From Manual to Power Brakes, Master Cylinders

2014 Print Edition of MP Brakes Catalog Now Available

Posted by toby on Nov 19, 2013 10:08:33 AM

The printed version of the 2014 Master Power Brakes Catalog is now available.  Whether you are on the market for a new front disc brake conversion kit, power booster, master cylinder, or other hard to find brake parts for your classic ride, chances are good, you'll find what you need in our new, 52 page color catalog.  To request your personal printed copy, send us a note and we'll be glad to drop this gem in the mail.  Need a new catalog and can't wait for the mail to arrive?  No worries--we have you covered.  Customers can also download the 2014 catalog in pdf format by clicking this link.  We've done our part...now it is your turn to get your hands on this definitive resource guide to the world of brake systems f0r classic cars. As always, if you are looking for a hard-to-find part and you don't see it on our website or in the catalog, give us a call and we'll be glad to help!

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Topics: brake systems, catalog, classic cars, resource guide, Brake Component Catalog

Choosing the Right Brake System For Your Classic Car: A Three Part Guide

Posted by toby on May 30, 2013 10:11:22 AM

You’ve just gotten your classic gem out of storage a few weeks back and now after a few week-ends of cruising under your belt, it is obvious:  it’s time for new brakes.  If you have never scored a brake kit from us but have given it some thought, or if you bought a while back but find yourself confused by our product line, this post is for you.  With the introduction of the new Master Power Brakes website, we thought it would be a good idea to explain the differences between our three different sub-brands which are summarized below:

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Topics: Brake Components, brake systems, classic cars, How To Series, pro driver series, legend series, rallye series

Buy Model Specific Classic Car Brake Systems and Components Online: MP Brakes Launches New Website

Posted by toby on May 25, 2013 12:36:01 PM

After months of development, MP Brakes has officially launched a newly revamped, e-commerce enabled website.  We have always prided ourselves on our industry leading after-market brake system solutions specifically designed for classic cars but our old site was hard to navigate and our customers had difficulty finding the correct parts for their car.  Our new site is very intuitive, and our vehicle selector allows customers to specify make, model, and year to generate a list of parts that will fit their car.

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Topics: Brake Components, brake systems, classic cars, Company News

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