Late night on the car

Today was a mental busy day, the sun was out the birds were singing and I was bashing and clanking in the garage. I have spent all day and few more hours into the evening doing my upgrade. I have taken out the old leaking master cylinder and replaced it with a new Dual Master cylinder. Yep, last week I went down to see Adam at Mustang Maniac and got myself a new set up. The parts took a little while to find amongst the organised chaos there of the massive delivery of stock. I was a little worried about the fact there was a single cylinder that does all the brakes. If the single cylinder leaks then I lose all braking, not good. So it was a no brainer really to get this in. OK, again it’s not concourse for the car I know all that, but it’s safe or will be once its done. I have taken lots of photo’s for the project and what had to be done, I will upload them and write them up this week sometime, watch this space. All I am saying is I needed more copper pipe, lots of it!

Why didn’t I do it yesterday? Simple, remember that rotten ol’ (OK, it’s new but I don’t like it because of the hassle it gives me), summer-house I was having fun with? Well I finished it off yesterday. It was a total nightmare to say the least. The glass was cracked when I opened the packets up and the latch had the bar missing inside to go to the inside handle. Just what I needed, NOT. I put the rest of the glass in that I could and panel pined the beading on. Now to me, hammers and glass don’t go well together and I was so carefull not to break any more glass, hardly ideal. Give me metal to sort out anytime!

But, next weekend is a Bank Holiday, that means I will be doing car stuff only, no sheds, no fences, no summer houses, no weeding, no patios, no nothing except my car. That is unless the better half decides I need to do a few jobs to make up for the money I spent on the brake cylinder. I admit it – I dare say one of the days will be me doing jobs for her. I may wear the trousers in this relationship – but she gets them out for me to wear! 🙂

I have attached a picture of the finished Master Cylinder as a little teaser.

dual MC

About One man and his Mustang

I'm just a man with a Classic 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe and an ever increasing collection of car detailing products to keep it clean. When I first started this blog this is what I wrote: "I had bought a project car that had been neglected, set fire to, rusted and abused. As a result of all that the car needed a bare metal strip down, a nut and bolt restoration." Four and a half years later the car was completed, on the road and shown at the UK's premier Classic Car Show, everything that was done to that car is documented here. I now have the privilege to drive one of America's most recognised cars and a true Icon, the Ford Mustang. I'm still sane after the blood, sweat and tears, so would I do it again? Oh yes!
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8 Responses to Late night on the car

  1. bzerob says:

    I see you are using the copper lines. How do you like them ? May use them on the 65. Nice work by the way!


    • Mart Dawson says:

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah I was pleased with the results and it does look pretty good once it was all in. The copper pipe is so much easier to get in shape and work with. I have a specific pipe bending tool which you didn’t need with the cooper at all. I would say that you have to be careful not to kink the pipe when bending. I found bending and making smaller in sections is the best way or wrap it around something like a hammer handle etc. The other advantage is the cost of it compared to steel, the fittings and flares. Most DIY tools don’t recommend the double flaring tools are used with the steel pipes, so on the copper its nice and simple to create nice flares and use, (as long as the end of the pipe is squared of nice and deburred). Preformed steel looks good, will fit how it should but is pain to put n place, The copper you can custom route where you want it, which is what I did. I was thinking of spraying the copper to aluminium or something to make it look a little more stock. The extra little coils I have added enable me to straighten them out and re-route if I need to for some reason later on. Would I recommend it? Yep and I would use again if I had too.


  2. SuperSwede says:

    Time well spent! 🙂


  3. Debbie says:

    Looks like a well spent Sunday!


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