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Old 05-30-2012, 04:50 PM
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1960 f100 master cylinder swap?

I have a 1960 f100 short bed with the 292/fordo and all stock brakes. Well im told that I need to ditch the original single master and upgrade to dual master and booster? Even though its drum all around? So my question is do I really need the swap? Also do I need a booster? Who makes a complete kit to directly bolt on with no modifications?
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56fc You don't have to change, it is just a safer system. Right now with your original system if you lost pressure for what ever reason, all four brakes are dead. With the newer system the front and rear are separated in the master cylinder so you still have one pair or the other.
There are many kits on the market or you can hit the pick-a-parts. All will require some modification to your plumbing, and at least some adjusting of linkage but you can maintain your pedal assembly.
Good luck in your quest.

PS; the booster just makes it easier on your leg.
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56fc You don't have to change, it is just a safer system. Right now with your original system if you lost pressure for what ever reason, all four brakes are dead. With the newer system the front and rear are separated in the master cylinder so you still have one pair or the other.
There are many kits on the market or you can hit the pick-a-parts. All will require some modification to your plumbing, and at least some adjusting of linkage but you can maintain your pedal assembly.
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Thanks theodore. I was told there was a direct bolt on kit. Thats why I was just going to pick one up.
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On my 1960 the PO ended up parking it after the last time the stock master cylinder failed (again). Putting in a dual is definitely on the list of any changes.
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ECI sells an adapter from the original 4 bolt to a 2 bolt mustang dual master cylinder. It is at the bottom of the page.

Power is a choice, how hard do you want to push the pedal. I installed power, but you have to build a bracket that provides clearance if you have a hydraulic clutch. I used the power assembly and bracket (after mods) from a 1973 F-100.

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Well I dont have to worry about the clutch since my truck is automatic
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Then a power booster will mount right on the adapter I mentioned above and then the master cylinder. All you need is a vacuum source. Power drum brakes work pretty darn good. Talk to ECI and I think they can fix you up
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Then a power booster will mount right on the adapter I mentioned above and then the master cylinder. All you need is a vacuum source. Power drum brakes work pretty darn good. Talk to ECI and I think they can fix you up
I will have to do that.
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I'm planning on using this setup on my truck. I have heard good things about it from other 57-60 owners.

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Wow $180 buy it now. Not bad. Im just not sure about chrome. My truck isnt very "flashy"
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Wow $180 buy it now. Not bad. Im just not sure about chrome. My truck isnt very "flashy"
I understand. I had the same thoughts about the chrome, but I figured I could dress my engine compartment up one part at a time. Here's the less flashy version:

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Those are very nice but personally I hate boosters they are ugly. Anyone make a direct bolt on dual master kit?
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The PO of my 54 gmc used a bendix remote booster. He has the same unit on the two old 3 yard dump trucks he uses in his business. It is mounted on the frame and he used the original single master still in place. This thing flat out STOPS when you hit the brakes. I don't drive it a lot so I always forget and step too hard. I would have gone to a dual cyl, but that's on my list (if I keep it). Soooo, when you pop the hood it looks like 1954 under there, except for the cummins(which he painted gmc colors and mounted a oliver tractor air cleaner with a gmc heater emblem on). The vacuum for the booster (diesels don't produce vacuum)is provided by a ford 7.3 vacuum pump. My point is it has all the stop you'd ever want and no ugly booster. I'm gonna see him on Saturday and I'll ask him where he gets these things.....
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Thanks GB I will be looking forward to that
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This is my 62 with a bracket and booster from a 65 bolted on to the 62 adapter plate. I also took the pedal from the 65 and put it on my 62 dash bracket. The master is from a '79 F150 and I got the combo valve for it too tucked in the frame behind the steering box. I had to turn the intermediate pushrod in a lathe to fit in the booster diaphragm recess. I modded the brackets some by cutting off the excess below the adapter plate. I have a nice hard pedal with dual circuits and a switching valve in case of rupture now, it makes me feel a little better.
If I hadda known I could have gotten all that for $160 I would have been all over that.
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