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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

Can I Use DOT 5 Brake Fluid With My New Brake Kit?

Posted by toby on Jun 24, 2015 9:31:48 AM

The owner of a 55’ Ford Sedan just sent us a note asking why we don’t recommend using DOT 5 brake fluid with our brake kits.  Chances are good some of you are asking the same question, so this post is designed to clear up confusion about the different types of brake fluid.

If you cruise over to the local auto parts store, you’ll see all kinds of brake fluids in the aisle.  DOT 3 is always the cheapest option—DOT 4 is about 50% more expensive than DOT 3 and DOT 5 is about two times more expensive than DOT 4.  Some owners mistakenly assume that the higher cost of DOT 5 equates to better performance, but this is not always the case.  In fact, sometimes the exact opposite is true.  To get a better handle on why we don’t recommend DOT 5 for our brake kits, we need to take a crash course in chemistry.

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Topics: brake fluid, brakes, classic cars, DOT 4, DOT 5.1, muscle cars, Vintage Cars, DOT 3, DOT 5

Video Learning Series:  Installing Pro Driver Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit

Posted by toby on Jun 22, 2015 4:35:22 PM

Whether you’re looking to save some dough or craving the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing the job yourself, some folks wonder if they have what it takes to install our brake kits.  All of our front and rear brake disc brake conversion kits are bolt-on solutions—and we’ll gladly send a copy of the installation instructions to boost your confidence.  That said, sometimes there is no substitute for watching one of our pros gets after a brake job.  The latest installment in our Video Learning Series features installation of a Pro Driver Disc Brake Conversion Kit on a 72 Lemans with 17” wheels and a LS2 Engine Swap.

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Topics: classic cars, GM, Master Power Brakes, muscle cars, Vintage Cars, Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kits, Videos

Selecting the Best Brake Pads For Your Classic Car

Posted by toby on Mar 20, 2015 10:07:12 AM

Whether you are replacing worn pads or considering upgraded performance brake pads for your new disc brake conversion kit, finding the perfect fit for your classic car boils down to how you drive.  Hitting the brakes creates friction (and heat) which stops your car—but for optimum performance, we need to keep heat levels within an optimum specified range for best performance.  Today’s brake pad manufacturers offer a number of different options tailored to match the heat levels generated by your brakes and driving patterns.

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Topics: Brake Pads, How To Series, muscle cars, Vintage Cars, Classic Car Brakes, Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads

Detroit Automakers and Standard Disc Brake Offerings: What Took So Long?

Posted by toby on Oct 15, 2014 1:45:39 PM

If you look back at the muscle car era, you’ll notice an emphasis on bigger engines, more horsepower, and the need for speed.  And while Detroit engineers did an admirable job designing faster cars in the late 50’s and 60’s, much less thought was given to bringing these cars to a safe stop.  Being in the brake business, this got us thinking—why did it take Detroit so long to offer disc brake technology as a standard option?

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Topics: classic cars, drum brakes, muscle cars, Car History, Disc Brakes

MP Brakes Disc Brake Conversion for GM Applications

Posted by toby on Dec 16, 2013 9:23:47 AM

Have you ever wondered about the differences between our Legend, Rallye, and Pro Driver Series  front disc brake conversion kits for A, F, and X Body GM vehicles?  We have plenty of information describing the differences between our disc brake conversion kits for classic GM cars on our website, but sometimes seeing the differences is easier than reading all about it.  If you are the visual type, the video below is for you!

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Topics: classic cars, Front Disc Brake Conversion Kits, GM, muscle cars, Videos

Should I Update My Classic Car?

Posted by toby on Dec 11, 2013 8:42:04 AM

This is one of those age old, heated debates with no right or wrong answer.  At the end of the day, the decision to upgrade your car depends on a variety of factors.  Is your car a daily driver or a trailer queen that hitches rides to shows?  Is your classic one of those rare, numbers matching originals?   How important is resale value?  Safety?

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Topics: brakes, classic cars, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, disc brake conversion kits, fronmt disc brake conversion kits, muscle cars

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