[LCML] manual disk/drum brakes
steven.helmreich at issinc.com
Tue Aug 17 12:39:50 CDT 2010
I used a the power-brake disk/drum style master cylinder from an '84 minitruck, bolted directly to the firewall in a non-power configuration in my '65 FJ45. Yes, you can use a power brake MC in a manual setup. I did not have a disk/disk setup, as you propose.
I used the original '65 pedal set and brake operating rod, suitably adjusted to have a little play between it and the minitruck MC. I used this with '77 FJ40 axles (disk front, drum rear) on the truck and it stopped reliably and without high pedal effort. The front/rear bias was decent, and I could lock the tires on dry pavement without undue effort.
I did this because my firewall was painted all purdy, and I didn't want to hack away the rib and bolt in a booster. I also had major clearance issues with the carb and manifold. Ideally, I would have liked power brakes, but this was simple, cheap, and elegant.
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