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Username Post: 1952 Chevy Deluxe - brake problems        (Topic#344055)
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Loc: Palm Springs, California
Reg: 04-15-17
04-15-17 04:40 PM - Post#2686778    

the brakes on my car are like pushing on a brick wall! I can barely stop the car sometimes. I've had the mechanic flush all the lines, re-build the master cylinder, bleed the lines and put on new shoes - nothing helps! Anyone have any ideas of what to do next to make these brakes safe and not take so much effort to stop the car?

Bel Air kiwi 
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Loc: New Zealand
Reg: 04-24-14
04-21-17 03:05 AM - Post#2687564    
    In response to classicguy

Hi Classic guy, If the car is an original all drum car then you can improve that two ways. One is to add a power booster which will lift the assist by a factor of about 1.2 to 1.4, the other is to not use hard shoe lining material but get soft linings. They are not as common as they wear much more quickly and are usually a custom reline of your shoes, but work much better. Does your car have Huck or bendix brakes?

Cheers Kiwi

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