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Old 04-29-2018, 12:12 PM   #1
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New member Pete here. Just acquired nice '51 Vicky & would like to know best way to install front disc brakes. Most "kits" I've seen don't address whether master cylinder needs to be replaced. Please advise. Pete Henningsen, Milford, CT
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Old 04-29-2018, 12:19 PM   #2
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Might want to post that question on the HAMB as well.

Update: This is poorly written, the HAMB guidelines specify a cut-off time frame. I shouldn't have suggested a post outside that guideline. However there are topics that get covered that are outside the guideline timeframe. A suggestion to search the HAMB would have been better.

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Old 04-29-2018, 12:47 PM   #3
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New member Pete here. Just acquired nice '51 Vicky & would like to know best way to install front disc brakes. Most "kits" I've seen don't address whether master cylinder needs to be replaced. Please advise. Pete Henningsen, Milford, CT
Call ECI in Vernon CT. Tell them what you want to do and I'm sure they can provide all info and products.

http://www.ecihotrodbrakes.com/early...nversions.html
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Old 04-29-2018, 05:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips; I'll contact ECI & check HAMB.
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:33 PM   #5
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Also see Shoebox-Central's website. Chris has a wealth of knowledge for what you need.
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:34 PM   #6
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Contact Chris at Shoebox Central. he is very knowledgeable
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:31 AM   #7
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Another possibility: jamcosuspension.com
They have always very helpful.
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:02 PM   #8
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I've got the JAMCO disc brake conversion. Easy install and works almost like power brakes. I'm still using the original master cylinder under the floor ( know, everyone is going to say that's not a good thing) but, I've had no trouble with it for at least 15 years. All you have to do is remove the residual valve from the rear of the MC and your good to go. No proportioning valve needed. I also run DOT 5 brake fluid. Do yourself a favor and replace all brake lines.
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:51 AM   #9
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flathead4rd, Talked w/Mark @ ECI (860) 872-7046) here in CT. They have kit for $450 but of course he recommended dual power MC but agreed that "disabling" the residual valve in MC would work but I would still need a 2lb valve for front & 10lb valve for rear. Did you actually remove residual valve or disable it & did you have to add any other valving? If it's not too much trouble I'd appreciate a call (203) 804-3459 to discuss.
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:20 PM   #10
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I used ECI brakes on my 52 mercury and power master from Jamco bolted right in and boy does it stop now! Lou
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