Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

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

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team 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.

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Topics: How To Series, Tips and Info, Master Power Brakes, disc brake technology, tech tip, rear disc brake conversion, front disc brake conversion, Brake Boosters, Drum Brake Upgrade Kit, Disc Brakes vs Drum Brakes

Adding Horsepower?  Don’t Neglect Your Brake System

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team 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: Tips and Info, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, Master Power Brakes, Hard Brake Pedal, disc brake technology, tech tip, rear disc brake conversion, front disc brake conversion, Better Classic Car Braking

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

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team 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: How To Series, Master Power Brakes, Hard Brake Pedal, calipers, disc brake technology, tech tip, Brake Boosters, Power Assisted Brakes, Converting Power Assisted Brakes

Single vs. Dual Reservoir Master Cylinders

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Apr 24, 2015 9:22:56 AM

When it comes to brakes, you need think of a complete system consisting of components working together to stop your vehicle.  As brake systems evolved from 4 wheel drum systems to rear drum/front disc combinations, the design of the various components making up the system changed in order to keep pace with the new technology.  One of the best examples of this is illustrated by the changes in master cylinder design.

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Topics: Tips and Info, rear brake, disc brake technology

The Most Famous Classic Car Chase Scene Ever?

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Mar 17, 2015 4:29:33 PM

The other day, I was flipping through channels looking for something to watch on TV and I stumbled upon the 1968 classic, Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen. This film features one of the coolest car chase scenes ever.  Almost fifty years later, viewers get worked up by the powerful engines and cool lines of the cars in this movie, but remember, the clip could have never been made without brakes!

In case you have never seen the film, or you don’t remember the chase scene, here is a link below:


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Topics: Tips and Info, Master Power Brakes, disc brake technology

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