Tools for a Hydraulic Brake Conversion
Ready to dust off every tool known to man for your hydraulic brake conversion? Hold up -- you might not necessarily need them.
There are ways to perform hydraulic brake conversions without drills, cutters or an electric welder. Sounds pretty nice, huh? If you buy a no-modification kit, or a kit that uses existing holes within the frame of your classic car, you shouldn't need to drill, cut or weld.
Don't get your hopes up just yet, though. Such kits are expensive and don't exist for all makes and models. An even bigger problem is the fact that you're dealing with a classic car. Your 70-year-old house wouldn't be standing without a lot of maintenance, upkeep and cleaning -- and neither would your classic car. The action of stopping a car that weighs several thousand pounds puts a lot of wear and tear on your braking system, as well as your car. Chances are the existing parts of the brake system that you plan to work with will need modifications as well.
If this is your first time doing any major adjustments on your braking system, be prepared for a lot of dirty work. Even if your car has been restored previously, it might not have been a great job. You'll need to clean and assess your entire system, from the master cylinder to the brake calipers to the type of brake fluid you'll use. If that's the case with your hydraulic brake conversion, you just might need to dust off every tool you've got in your garage.
If you're crossing your fingers that your car's undercarriage is in good condition, meaning all you'll need is a simpler no-mod kit, read on to find out what those kits entail.