Power brakes are on absolutely everything these days, but it was not always that way. Many cars from the 70s and before only came with manual braking systems that left all the work to the driver.
If you want your classic car to perform at its best, the manual brakes have got to go. By upgrading to a power braking system, you can maximize the vehicle’s stopping power while greatly improving your comfort. Although some might leave this job to the professionals, installation is a cinch when using quality parts. Follow the steps below to equip your vehicle with all the right components and start enjoying the benefits today.
”I want to convert my car to power brakes from the current manual brakes but there are so many options of different booster sizes. Can you help me pick the correct one?”
Do you have a brake pedal that feels hard to press?
We have been asked a number of times if there is such a thing as a manual disk brake conversion kit? The simple answer is yes. The power booster component almost exclusively affects how your brake pedal "feels" to you under foot.
In a situation where your classic car has multiple drivers, some of whom are used to the "foot feel" of power brakes - maybe they spend most of their time driving a newer car or light truck - a power-assisted brake pedal can makes it easier to go between vehicles. The power booster allows you to maintain relative consistency with how much pressure to apply when stopping either of the two vehicles.
You DO NOT NEED to upgrade or convert to a power assisted apply system, however, when making the upgrade to disc from drum brakes. Recently, we got an email from a customer planning on making that drum to disc brake conversion but interested in sticking with a manual set-up.
"Dave" has a '66 GTO he uses as a daily driver and wanted the enhanced performance and stopping ability of disc brakes. But as the sole driver of the car, Dave was comfortable with the pedal effort the manual brakes currently required and wanted to keep that same level of brake feel.