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1955NYer
Posted 2020-06-21 7:27 PM (#599978)
Subject: Brake recommendation


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Hi everyone, new to the forum. I recently bought a 55 NY'er Deluxe and she can't stop worth a darn. So much so the transport company crashed it into my garage upon arrival (true story). So asside for quarter panel work needed and a rear bumper, I know I have zero brakes.

Do I replace the whole booster or switch to something like hydroboost, which uses power steering for vacuum instead of the hemi. Thoughts or recommendations are welcome! Thanks!
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mikes2nd
Posted 2020-06-21 10:35 PM (#599986 - in reply to #599978)
Subject: Re: Brake recommendation


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maybe get some disc brakes up front now...

aaj or scarebird sells some brackets, that will get your started.

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mikes2nd
Posted 2020-06-21 10:39 PM (#599988 - in reply to #599978)
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hmm this is for 55-56 dodge, plymouth...

wont fit a Chrysler? AAJ you might need to call them.

Scarebird might make you a kit...

https://scarebird.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=64&produc...
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1955NYer
Posted 2020-06-22 12:07 AM (#599992 - in reply to #599988)
Subject: Re: Brake recommendation


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Thanks for the start. Didn't know you could convert to disc brakes.
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ronbo97
Posted 2020-06-22 9:27 PM (#600029 - in reply to #599992)
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Or you could rebuild the existing system, like I did. My brakes were non-op when I got the car (55 Desoto). I rebuilt the power unit and one-year-only master cylinder with parts from Harmon Industries. Brakes work fine now. Harmon also offers a rebuild service, if you're not up for the challenge.

Ron

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1955NYer
Posted 2020-06-23 12:07 AM (#600036 - in reply to #600029)
Subject: Re: Brake recommendation


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Thanks Ron, I heard the way to gonis to get away from the original.system.which is supposed ot very good. Is that true? How has yours worked out?
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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-06-23 10:50 AM (#600047 - in reply to #599978)
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You have a heavy car, I think you would be happier and safer with disc brakes up front.
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ronbo97
Posted 2020-06-23 3:19 PM (#600056 - in reply to #600036)
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1955NYer - 2020-06-23 12:07 AM Thanks Ron, I heard the way to go is to get away from the original system, which is supposed ot very good. Is that true? How has yours worked out?

The original Bendix system works well. There is a learning curve + special tools needed to do the job correctly. But I was up for the challenge, unlike most folks who are looking for a quick, easy way out. I wanted to keep it original.

Having said that, disc brakes have the edge when it comes to brake fade/overheating. Multiple panic stops or braking down a steep mountain aren't kind to a drum system. Dual master cylinder is probably safer than a single pot.

Ron

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