I was driving my 59 Coronet back from the mechanic's shop on
Friday and got quite a surprise. Although the mechanic had repaired some
wiring, adjusted the emergency brake, replaced the master cylinder, and had
checked the brake lines, cylinders and shoes, he had not driven the car on the
When I touched the brakes at a moderate pressure, it tried to
make a 90 degree left turn, stalled the motor and hesitated to release the brake
pressure until I added a great deal of gas pedal. Since I was timing the
lights for the 3-mile journey, after I got it re-started (with the help of
another battery I brought as I assumed the one in the car would be low on
charge), I made it almost home, but it happened again when I pulled into the
driveway, jerking the steering wheel out of my hand.
My diagnosis is that the brake hoses are collapsing (right
front totally collapsed, left front collapsing when pressure is applied and
sticking until overcome with acceleration). That is what the mechanic
Does this sound reasonable? I assume the rubber lines
are original... Any other thoughts?