Re: [FWDLK] 58 Ply Power brake conversion
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Re: [FWDLK] 58 Ply Power brake conversion



Hi Jim - I have the AAJ disc conversion on my 59 Plymouth (318 eng). My car
had power brakes with the old front drum setup but I replaced my old master
cylinder and power booster with one from a '75 Plymouth Duster. It bolted up
perfectly to the firewall using the existing holes from previous master
cylinder. The booster is 9" in diameter so it just clears the valve cover.
If you have a 318 you should be able to get vacuum from a port on manifold
just in front of distributor. I also used the proportioning valve and brake
lite switch from Duster. Brakes work fine but brake pedal goes down too far
to floor when braking. Car stops (been driving her for 2 years like that)
but pedal shouldn't go down that far. I'm thinking the problem is with the
rear brakes or the rod going into booster is a wee bit short. Hope to fix
that by spring. You mentioned a Volare - Before I found the Duster setup I
tried booster from a 77 Volare but the booster was 11 inch diameter and
would hit the valve cover.  John Z

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Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2005 1:03 PM
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Subject: [FWDLK] 58 Ply Power brake conversion

I used a AAJ disc brake conversion kit on my '58 Belevdere.It is a manual
brake setup. I don't have the stopping power that I feel I should. So I am
considering converting it to power brakes.
Has any body done this conversion?
Does anybody know of a company that sells a power brake conversion kit for
57-59 Forwrad Look cars?
Or are there junk yard parts that I could use? ie from a Volarie/Aspen or
other M body.

I tried Master Power Brakes in Mooresville NC and they weren't even
intrested in discussing it. They do have a 65-70 A, B, E body conversion
package. But I don't know if that would work.

I hope someone out there has an answer on this one, cause I sure would hate
to have to go back to front drums.
Thanks in advance for your help   Jim
58 Belvedere Sport Coupe


Jim Ruckdashel
4241 Singing Post Lane
Roswell, GA 30075
770-992-9746
Jruckdashel@xxxxxxxx

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