• 24:23

    Rear Disc Brake Conversion

    Hang around old car guys long enough and you’ll hear plenty of conversations that start with, “What was the first car to have…?” When it comes to disc brakes, I am surprised by the number of answers that seem to be floating around. Many acknowledge the English built 1902 Lanchester as the first with disc…

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  • 1:49

    No-Drip Brake Bleeder

    Early cars used mechanical means of activating the car’s brakes, whether the brakes were cable operated or metal rods and levers. These systems proved very effective when properly adjusted. But there were limitations to these early systems and they notoriously required a fair amount of effort to stop a car. All of that changed when…

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  • 4:53

    Plugging a Tire

    Any time your car breaks down on the side of the road it can be an uneasy situation, but when it’s your classic car it seems a little worse. Classic cars draw a lot of attention and the thought of leaving it on the side of the road adds to the stress. Most flat tires…

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  • 4:24

    Installing an Inner Tube Patch

    Mid-fifties and earlier classic cars commonly used inner tubes in their tires. In fact the first U.S. auto manufacturer to use tubeless tires on production cars was Packard in 1954. Early roads were rough and it was commonplace in the 1930s for drivers to install an inner tube patch while on the side of the…

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  • 10:14

    Silent Drive Vacuum Pump

    High performance classic car enthusiasts know the pitfall of having an engine with a lopey idle and makes lots of power also means there is a lack of engine vacuum. This is caused by the narrow lobe separation on the camshaft. While low vacuum pressure alone is not an overwhelming concern, it does make operation…

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  • 21:48

    Brake Master Cylinder Booster

    Without question the one improvement most classic car enthusiasts make to their cars is improving the braking system. Whether you’re simply converting to a dual reservoir master cylinder, adding power brakes or doing a disc brake conversion the prospect of safer and better braking is a great investment in your ride. On our project 1968…

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  • 35:37

    Installing an Electric Emergency Brake

    Many classic and specialty cars don’t have the best parking / emergency brakes, and on many custom and street rod builds it gets left out completely. Our ’57 DeSoto is no exception as the parking brake for many early Chrysler Corporation cars was simply a small drum on the tail shaft of the transmission. In…

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  • 2:14

    Classic Car Brake Fluid

    Choosing the correct classic car brake fluid can be a little confusing. We’ll examine the most common types of DOT 3, 4 & 5 brake fluids before discussing their properties and what you should consider when selecting them for your ride.

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  • 13:44

    Bleeding Brakes

    The final step in most brake projects on your classic car requires bleeding any air out of the brake system. Mark Simpson demonstrates three common ways to bleed your brake system, including the gravity method, vacuum bleeding and the pedal technique. You’ll discover both the proper techniques on bleeding brakes and some helpful tips.

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