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60fintasticfly
Posted 2019-05-05 12:52 PM (#581814)
Subject: 60 CHRYSLER BRAKES


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on my 60 Chrysler Windsor, the car came with manual brakes ,, are there any fantastic power brake units out there that I can convert on to my car instead of having manual brakes ??
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wizard
Posted 2019-05-05 1:49 PM (#581819 - in reply to #581814)
Subject: Re: 60 CHRYSLER BRAKES



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Easiest way would be the original booster and m/c
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chefothefuture
Posted 2019-05-12 12:32 AM (#582046 - in reply to #581814)
Subject: Re: 60 CHRYSLER BRAKES


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I toyed with putting power brakes in my '61 Newport ragtop, but after rebuilding much of the system with rebuilt original parts (stay away from the new stuff!) and dialing it all in I'm pretty happy with leaving the car as is.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-05-12 2:55 AM (#582050 - in reply to #582046)
Subject: Re: 60 CHRYSLER BRAKES



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I am with chefo, ... well dialed-in manual brakes are plenty capable on the big
Mopars. My 60 DeSoto did perfectly well with manual for years. It is not the power
vs. manual that improves the braking, so much as the larger contact area that the
big cars had, that the smaller ones did not.
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chefothefuture
Posted 2019-05-12 3:23 PM (#582068 - in reply to #581814)
Subject: Re: 60 CHRYSLER BRAKES


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As what Doc said about contact area- it's important to use original shoe cores or get relined original shoes instead of the new modern shoes. Why? Because the radius of new shoes I've dealt with do NOT match the internal radius of the drums.
So you sometimes only get about 60% shoe-drum contact if you're lucky. In many cases, you can't even arc the linings and get much better.
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