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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

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

Combination Valves

Posted by toby on May 22, 2015 8:33:48 AM

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....

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Topics: classic cars, drum brakes, Proportioning Valve, Vintage Cars, combination valve, Disc Brakes, metering valve, Videos

Single vs. Dual Reservoir Master Cylinders

Posted by toby 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: drum brakes, dual master, single reservoir master, Vintage Cars, Classic Car Brakes, Disc Brakes, master cylinder, Master Cylinder

2015 MP Brakes Catalog Now Available

Posted by toby on Mar 20, 2015 9:49:51 AM

Attention Fellow Gearheads—

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Topics: brakes, catalog, classic cars, Master Power Brakes, Vintage Cars, 2015, Brake Component Catalog, Disc Brakes

Why the Most Expensive Brake System Isn’t Always the Best Choice For Your Classic Car

Posted by toby on Feb 5, 2015 4:06:13 PM

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.

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Topics: classic cars, disc brake conversion kits, Mustang Disc Brakes, vinatage cars, Converting From Drum to Disc Brakes, Disc Brakes

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