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    Since my Model A has only hydraulic brakes on the back and nothing on front, does anyone care to guess what it might cost me in parts to put mechanical brakes on it. Trying to get some idea what my expense would be in parts. Thanks for any help. Hugh

  • #2
    Hugh, PM sent
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • #3
      Thanks for the information. Hugh


      • DaWizard
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    • #4
      We just pulled hydraulic brakes off a Vicky and if they were going to be re-used it would require replacing all lines, wheel cylinders and master cylinder. The cost of these would go a long way for parts to convert back to mechanical. Fortunately we had enough spares to complete the return to mechanicals.


      • #5
        Thanks for that information. Hugh


        • #6
          I got the complete rear end including the driveshaft and spring, for helping a guy in our club move some Model A parts for a couple hours.

          Your rear brake parts shouldn't be too hard to find, nor too expensive. Swap meets are probably the cheapest place to find them.


          • #7
            Ok thanks for that information. Hugh


            • #8
              Unless you've definitely decided to convert back to mechanical, I don't think there's much doubt that extending the hydraulic brake system to include the front wheels would be much easier and less cost. This assuming that the existing rear conversion was well done and in good condition.


              • copgib
                copgib commented
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                You are correct! I have decided to extend the hydraulic brakes to the front. I plan to purchase the parts I need and I already have found a mechanic that will do the install for me. I am a retire cop not a mechanic but I have no problem turning a wrench now and then. Hugh

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