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RE: [oletrucks] master cylinder

To: wayne@chevytrucks.org
Subject: RE: [oletrucks] master cylinder
From: "Carl & Becky Ham" <the_hams@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 08:49:37 -0500
When I converted to power brakes a couple of years back I planned on cutting 
the floor and installing a hinged door to access the MC from above.  
Unfortunately the length of the new brake booster and MC put the access 
under the driver's side seat and in the middle of the stamped/raised 
floorpan for the seat mount.  Did no good to access the MC from under the 
seat and I was uncomfortable cutting through the floorpan in a area that may 
be structural for the seat mounting bracket.

The company I bought the MC conversion from furnished a small clear plastic 
squeeze bottle with a curved spout.  I pop the top off the MC, fill both 
sides of the MC with the sqeeze bottle until there is fluid running down the 
sides of the MC (yes it is messy and you'd better be careful not to get 
brake fluid in your armpit!).  I usually check and top it off once or twice 
during the summer and haven't had any problems.  I'm sure you can pick up 
the squeeze bottle in various sizes or you may want to buy a small hand pump 
oil can with a flexible spout.

Hope this helps, good luck with your disk brake conversion!

Carl Ham
'56 Chevy Stepside Pickup
Sparland, IL

>From: wayne osborne <wayne@chevytrucks.org>
>Reply-To: wayne osborne <wayne@chevytrucks.org>
>To: oletrucks@Autox.Team.Net
>Subject: [oletrucks] master cylinder
>Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 05:36:30 -0400
>Finally gonna bit the bullet and get front disk brakes, gonna go the 
>non-power route. For those who have done this, when mounting the master 
>cylinder on the bracket, appears this would move the entire unit to the 
>rear quiet a bit. How do you handle adding fluid as it appears it may be 
>past the hole in the floorboard for adding fluid. What ingenious methods do 
>you use to add fluid.
>Appears I'm going with Jim Carter on this one for the purchase, I can get 
>the entire kit,including all hardware for a bit over 500.  My reasoning is: 
>I need to rebuilt the brakes, I put a rebuild kit in the master cylinder 
>last year but feel a full replacement is now necessary, also checked wheel 
>cylinder prices for the front--about 40 apiece. I need new lines and want 
>to put the taper bearing on so adding all this up for just a bit more I can 
>put the disc brakes on....

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