Master Cylinder removal

Brakes, Steering & Suspension

  1. jball1105

    jball1105 Well-Known Member

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    Finally got this thing off. What a pain. Any tips for installing the new one (other than do it before the dash and everything is installed)??

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    I would recommend you upgrade that MC to the dual for safety, many here will agree. The only reason to keep that style is if your going concourse resto....IMO
     
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    • Don Frelier

      Don Frelier FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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      Take the driver's seat out, pad the floor near the door opening threshold so you can lay on your back and not dislocate your vertebra.
      It's worth the little bit of time.
       
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        You are going to need a socket, swivel and extension and some flexibility in you upper torso lol. Put the mc in and get the pushrod bolt started to hold it. The lower two nuts are easy, the upper two need the swivel and extension. Stick the nut in the socket with some pipe dope so it doesn't fall out and disappear behind the carpet.

        And I've been running a single reservoir mc on my 62 for years. Keep it maintained and make sure the emergency brake is adjusted correctly.
         
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        • jball1105

          jball1105 Well-Known Member

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          Yes dual reservoir is going in for sure. I upgraded to discs in the front as well.
           
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            Thanks! I didn't think of using the pipe dope. I'm probably one of the least flexible people out there, lol
             
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            I use my 8 year old grandson when I need to work in tight spots like that ... he LOVES to help grandpa and I can walk pain free the following morning. WIN WIN!!!
             
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            • 493 Mike

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              I find a small length of electrical tape across the socket with the nut/bolt stuffed into the socket will retain the hardware without any mess. Put the sticky side of the tape into the socket. The same tape will work to limit/stiffen the flex in a wobble socket when you don't want the socket to be too "flexible". Just put a wrap around the "u-joint" area of the socket.
              Mike
               
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                I've found Stanley brand "medium" depth sockets work very well for the brake pedal area.

                There are some places where a shallow socket will not clear the stud and a deep socket will get hung up on the bracing.
                 
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                • Fran Blacker

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                  I tape my u-joint some so it doesn't flop around and a 12" extension. 493 mike meant same ?
                   
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                    I tack welded some bolts from the inside, while the dash was out. That way, it's held on with nuts from the front.
                     
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                    My youngest grandson is 17. We can not even get him to work on his own car. His 7 year old little sister is more apt to help do something like that. The great grandsons at not quit old enough yet but the oldest likes to follow his grandpa around. His mom gets mad at them quite often. What a great little guy you have there and how fast they grow up.
                     
                  • 493 Mike

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                    YUP!
                     
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                      I just went through the sort of deal recently.. I'm 73 with a bad back and other old age challenges. My car is a 62 with a 6 point cage and no one to help. Lots of sharp pointy things down under there too numerous to mention. I padded the floor with pillows and blankets to even the hump out a bit. I went in from the passenger side. My advice is to phone Dr. Diff to get his advice for the correct MC with a adjustable push rod. There are too many variations for the average guy to sort out without wasting money and time. And time squirming in and around under the dash for me was Painful, ,,,,
                       
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                      Lately I've been using one of those folding mini-scaffold things, up on a few 4x4's getting it as close to level with the door sil as I can, and putting a couple layers of towels over the gap.

                      Still sucks.
                       
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