Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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Propuckstopper, the stopping distance is decreased significantly. Typical brake fade from repeated use is where they really shine, brake fade is minimal. The improved drums work well on the street as long as you dont dip and dart in heavy traffic,masking for trouble there even with a disc/ drum setup. Of the early A bodies I've installed the brake in the box kit on, had an old customer with a real '66 Chevelle SS. on Jerry's '66, i installed the special shoes, stiffer springs, what amounts to station wagon wheel cylinders, & the slightly larger bore master cyl, all from Praise (now MCBC). In preparation, he took two old stock parts store front drums along with a pair of low wear wear alum G body drums across town and had them cry'oed. Jerry gave to me access to driving his '65 ElCamino at the end of my work on the Chevelle (also changed the ElCo's 12 bolt r/e ratio changed back to a more manageable 3.31). We both came to the conclusion, the now blue printed 4 wheel drum system on the Chevelle actually stopped better than the previous owner's converted single piston caliper disc/ drum set-up on the '65 ElCamino. On my '71's, both are manual 4 wheel drum cars and are being prepared for national show & PureStock racing. On the T-37, I plan on removing the stainless steel resleeved original master and swapping it out for an identical one with a 1/16" larger bore, then swapping on the slightly larger bore wheel cylinders. Just want to compare, the 1/16" larger bore cyl ended along with master require less pedal effort, just am used to putting the brake pedal down, takes a little getting used to.
Would I use MCBC's brake in a box pieces on a near 50 year old very collectible muscle car, and then drive it extremely aggressively through traffic like I did with my modded autocrossed TransAm in the early- mid 80's ... NO. I can admit when I was in my early to mid 20's I drove on the street waaaay too aggressively. Very lucky, my first T/A was never wrecked, and am glad I parked it when I did.