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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

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