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Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?
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56D500boy
Posted 2016-11-11 11:15 PM (#525935)
Subject: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?



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Now that my engine is running (finally!), I can move on the brakes. I have a new Master Cylinder to install plus all the wheel cylinders (6) and at least shoes on the right front (with an new (good used) drum - wheel cylinder had leaked badly). However, as I start thinking on this next phase, I am not sure how the Master Cylinder gets filled, it being tucked way under the PS bellows. As shown in the photo (using a 57 D500 as the example).

Hints? Turkey baster? Funnel and hose?





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Powerflite
Posted 2016-11-11 11:38 PM (#525940 - in reply to #525935)
Subject: RE: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?



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I use a funnel and hose. There is a funnel and hose setup that you can buy.
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Phatton
Posted 2016-11-18 5:57 PM (#526605 - in reply to #525935)
Subject: Re: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?


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Turkey baster works - in a pinch I've used a thin long piece of cardboard folded down the middle as a funnel.
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57plybel
Posted 2016-11-20 12:06 AM (#526676 - in reply to #526605)
Subject: Re: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?



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20ml syringe works for me....a few dollars from any chemist/ drugstore

 

 

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56D500boy
Posted 2016-11-20 2:24 AM (#526683 - in reply to #526676)
Subject: Re: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?



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57plybel - 2016-11-20 12:06 AM

20ml syringe works for me....a few dollars from any chemist/ drugstore

 

 

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Thanks for the ideas guys.

I got the old MC off and was about to install the new Raybestos MC36063 MC when I discovered that I couldn't get the stop light switch off the old MC. I'll try again in the morning, temporary re-mounting the old MC on its four bolts/studs so I have something to resist my socket and 21" breaker bar.

For fun I shorted the two brake switch wires together and, yes, even without the ignition on, the brake lights are "hot" (be careful with the hot wire, it will spark when it touches a ground). Both brake lights lit up (bright LED bulbs).

Try the switch again tomorrow. Other wise look for a 1604989 or a 2084284.

/Dave F.
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LD3 Greg
Posted 2016-11-20 9:16 AM (#526691 - in reply to #526683)
Subject: Re: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?


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Before you install the new master, be sure the cap screw threads VERY easily into the casting. You need to be able to secure the 7/16" cap screw maybe a half turn with a wrench. That way, when installed in the car a half turn will loosen it and you can easily loosen the screw with two finger tips. I frequently run a tap into threaded base to get rid of any interference.

Then just loosen the bolt, lift it a bit, shove the cap to one side a bit and refill with a syringe as suggested.

Greg
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ToMopar
Posted 2016-11-20 12:08 PM (#526697 - in reply to #525935)
Subject: Re: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?



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I use a bolt instead of a screw. To fill up the fluid I use a syringe.
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b5rt
Posted 2016-11-20 6:43 PM (#526726 - in reply to #525935)
Subject: Re: Tricks to filling the Master Cylinder on a 56-57 Dodge with PB?



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Lucas gasoline additive comes in a bottle, probably 4 fl oz, long skinny bottle. Clean a couple times with brake parts cleaner, air dry, now you have a fill bottle.
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