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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

Adding A Power Brake Booster: Do I Have Power Brakes or Not?

Posted by mpbrakes1 on Oct 30, 2015 3:49:11 PM

I recently overheard an exchange taking place at a car show about whether or not you could make drum brakes into "power brakes."

"Aren't drum brakes always manual and disc brakes always power?" the one fellow asked.

"That's right, it's why they have disc brake conversion systems," a second fellow chimed in.

"Whoa - not so fast!" I said, as I stopped to jump into their discussion for a second.

On the one hand, you have brakes that have NO POWER ASSISTANCE TO THE PEDAL (we all call them manual brakes) and brakes with power assist making the pedal easier to depress (aka power brakes). A classic or hot rod car can have manual disc brakes or power assisted drums.

"I thought a power booster was required equipment with disc brakes," said one of my new buddies.

"No, is the short answer. Even though a power booster gives you a good pedal feel, manual disc brakes work fine," I explained.

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Topics: Boosters, brake booster installation, power brakes, power brake booster

Converting to Power Assisted Brakes Part I:  Why Booster Size Matters

Posted by toby on Jun 25, 2015 10:49:41 AM

Converting from manual to power-assisted brakes is a major upgrade and one of the most common projects that we discuss with customers. Due to the different size requirements for brake boosters and master cylinders, you may need some help sorting out the available options to optimize your vehicle’s brake system performance. That’s where the tech pros here at Master Power Brakes really shine.

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Topics: booster, Boosters, classic cars, converting to power brakes, manual brakes, power brakes, trucks, Vintage Cars

Upgrading Your Brakes? S. Kellie Colf Helps You Match the Right System Components to the Job

Posted by toby on Sep 9, 2013 10:28:51 AM

S. Kelli Kolf’s “ Stop It:  Information You Need to Know About Automotive Braking Systems”, which appears in September’s issue of Hot Rod and Restoration is an excellent go-to source for diagnosing common brake problems and making effective upgrades.  Whether you are a garage rat with years of brake repair and upgrade experience or you are working up the courage to take a first shot at your classic’s brakes, you should check out this article.  In case you are looking for a sneak preview, we’ll use this post to cover some of the most important information found in the article below.

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Topics: bench bleeding, brake fluid, Brake Pads, drum brakes, How To Series, power brakes, upgrading brake systems, master cylinder, repairing classic car brakes

GM Manual & Power Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit

Posted by rick on Oct 12, 2012 11:57:33 AM

Do you have a 1964 to 1972 Chevelle with drum brakes? How about a first generation Camaro in need of a brake upgrade? A '68-'74 Nova that doesn’t stop like it should? Our GM Front Disc Brake Kits can make all your brake troubles go away.

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Topics: Disc Brake Conversion Kit, GM, manual brakes, power brakes, converting drum to disc

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