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Monday, March 7, 2016

If You Don't Like Old Cars

You won't find much of interest in this blog post. It is just a progress update on the 52 Merc.
Brake work mostly. Napa keeps coming up with the parts I need. I am not seriously keeping track of the bill running up. Guess I won't be buying that new high clearance sprayer for the farm though.

The old rotted rubber brake hose to the rear axle was an easy replacement.

The rebuilt master cylinder bolted right in place as it should. At least one metal brake line appears to be beyond re-use. It came off in one piece but barely. I'm guessing all the wheel cylinders will need replacing if they are anywhere near as corroded as the master cylinder was.
I got wheel number one off today but not the cylinder. On the good news, the shoes and drums look ok, some actually pretty good considering. One brake retaining clip was completely missing. I was able to find and use one off an old Chevy truck so no cost there.

Interesting video showed up on facebook showing how to update the old 52 brake master cylinder with a newer one from a 1967 Mustang  . Too late for me but I'll be plenty happy just to get the original equipment working. For the few miles this car will see that will be more than adequate.

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    1. It is more a labour of love than work I think. But I will keep at it.

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  2. Good luck with the brake line fittings. With a little luck nobody has used vice grips on them yet. :-)

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  3. If all else fails I have the channel lock pliers. They will grip when the wrench won't.

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  4. Sometimes it amazes me what are still in the NAPA and Carquest systems.

    As Gorges said, keep up the good work......just don't put a muffler on it! That straight piped flathead is music!

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    1. So true Orin. The sound of these old V8s is a big part of my attachment to the vehicles. Straight pipes are compulsory.

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  5. I don't particularly like old cars, but I do love the sound of their motors, their interiors, and riding in them, rare though that be. If we're ever down your way, we'll come knockin'!

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    1. Well, like Alan Jackson, I am crazy about the Mercury and probably waste more time and money on this one than I should. But, life is short, live the dream.

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