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.
A Combination Valve, sometimes called a Proportioning Valve, is just what the name implies…a valve that does a combination of things. The valves used on front disc/rear drum systems and front and rear disc brake systems include a Proportioning Valve and a Brake Pressure Differential Switch while the disc/drum valves also contain a Metering Valve. If you have ever wondered what all of this stuff does, we have just the video for you....
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.
When customers inquire about upgrading their classic car’s brake system, all of our team members are trained to start the conversation with simple questions. We ask about the vehicle’s application, how the customer drives the car, and wheel size. We take this approach because as a classic car owner, you have lots of brake systems options. Our team wants you to purchase the kit that best suits your needs, and more importantly, keeps you safe. A recent call from the owner of a 65 Mustang and the discussion that ensued is case in point. During our chat, the Mustang owner showed interest in our Pro-Driver series with slotted and cross drilled rotors, asking if the extra dough spent on this kit would give him more stopping power.
From there, we started asking all of the right questions. The customer mentioned he had a really nice set of wheels --he sent a picture like a proud papa, and they were definitely worth using. He also wanted a brake conversion kit that had some visual presence behind the wheels. While looking at the pictures, our customer also mentioned his wheels came in at 15”. Well, this last detail changed everything.