On every vehicle, you should find brakes on the both the front and rear axles. Early on, that consisted of drums on the front and drums on the rear. Over time, that changed to disc brakes on the front and some vehicles going to disc on the rear while others stayed with the drum brake option. The reasons for continuing with rear drums can be quite vast but usually involved an engineering reason over most of our heads or a cost reason at the OEM level. In our world, we can usually throw out the cost reason and look at it strictly from an engineering or performance level. Disc brakes are simply going to perform better on your classic car.
The most common question that is asked of our Technical Representatives is why do I have a hard brake pedal. Right behind that in frequency is the direct opposite question of why do I have a soft brake pedal and what might be causing it. This question is usually a little easier to answer but the answers can often be forgotten and might need a little reminder.
For some of us, we have been fortunate enough that we have been able to enjoy our classic cars much later in the year than normal. Others were forced to put them to bed quite some time ago. If you are one of the few that has enjoyed the fall and early winter months but are now looking to put the car away for a short period of time, you probably are still going to follow your traditional checklist for winterizing your vehicle. That will include a wash and wax, a fuel stabilizer for the fuel system, changing the oil and all of the other normal stuff.
We are here as a reminder to say…………don’t forget the brake system!!
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If you are a person that enjoys bleeding a master cylinder, you are a rarity!! The traditional method of bleeding a master cylinder involves a pair of rubber hoses that have to go from the ports on the master cylinder up and into the reservoir. Invariably, as soon as you start the process, one of the hoses pops out and slings brake fluid all over the shop and that is when you wish there was another way.