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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

How To: Diagnose and Fix Brake Drag

Posted by toby on Jun 5, 2017 4:20:00 PM

Whether you’re installing new brakes on your classic car or working on an existing system, brake drag can be a frustrating and challenging thing to diagnose and locate. On a positive note, the problem is usually a pretty simple repair once you find the culprit.

What Is Brake Drag?

Brake drag happens when the brake pads or shoes don’t release completely when the brake pedal is released, and is typically a result of mechanical issues or hydraulics. It is highly recommended to fix the dragging brakes as soon as possible, because it can lead to overheated parts and potential damage to the braking system, or worse yet, an accident.  

Referring to the checklists below will help you identify and repair your brake system’s brake drag woes so you can get back out on the road.


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Topics: brag drag, brake hose, classic cars, how to, How To Series, hyfraulic brake drag, master cylinder, mechanical brake drag, metering valve, repair

Hawk HPS Street Pads Review

Posted by toby on Aug 3, 2015 12:17:45 PM

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about Hawk HPS Street Pads lately so we decided to post a review on these gems.  Whether you are considering Hawk HPS pads as an upgrade when buying a disc brake conversion kit or you are simply looking for better performance on your current system, we think Hawk is a good play, and here’s why...

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Topics: Brake Pads, Hawk, HPS, Product Reviews, Street Pads

July's Ride of the Month: Donny Johnson's 1965 Chevy C10 Pick-Up

Posted by toby on Jul 30, 2015 5:16:33 PM

Congratulations to Donny Johnson, our July Ride of the Month Winner!  Donny was kind enough to share pictures of his 1965 LS7 powered powered C10.  Donny has owned this classic since '68 and over the years he has done three restorations.  This classic truck features MP Pro Driver Series Brakes, LS7 motor,  4L70E 4 sp. auto/overdrive tranny, Ridetech air suspension, vintage air, classic instrument gauges, and a super cool curly maple wood bed.

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Donny took the time to thank us for picking his truck for Ride of the Month and he shared some additional pictures and an in-depth story behind his C10.  When reading the story and looking at the pictures, you get a sense for the passion and pride Donny has for this piece of his family's history:

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Topics: c10, Ride of the Month, Truck, 1965, Chevy

Adding Horsepower?  Don’t Neglect Your Brake System

Posted by toby on Jul 30, 2015 2:51:35 PM

Make no mistake about it, most classic car enthusiasts like to go fast.  We spend countless hours in the garage figuring out ways to go faster.  Adding more horsepower guarantees you’ll impress your buddies and have a blast every time you pull away from a red light, but that extra giddy-up can cause some problems too. 

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Topics: brakes, Brakes for Classic Cars & Hot Rods, classic cars, drum brakes, rotors, Vintage Cars, Disc Brakes

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