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Old 10-26-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
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I havn't driven a car with manual brakes in so long that I really can't remember doing it. Anyone have manual brakes? what do you think of them?
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:15 PM   #2
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My 74 has manual disc brakes. I dont mind them at all. They stop good without having to stand on them.
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No problems with manual brakes. I feels my 70 stops as good as my 92.
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I havn't driven a car with manual brakes in so long that I really can't remember doing it. Anyone have manual brakes? what do you think of them?
i have NO POWER BRAKES in my 68 it stops good with little effort, but they lock up real easy.......i even forgot what it was like & how bad it was to drive without ABS!!!!.......NOW.......... NO POWER STEERING.........thats another topic, ya dont want to go there, but i'll tell ya this, no power steering sux, I dont have that either............not easy making a three point turn, a paralell park , or any manuver while not moving fast is a NIGHTMARE !!! especially with a big heavy motor on top of the front wheels.........
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:10 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys. I think that is what I am going to do. I don't have the necessary vacuum for my power brakes to operate properly. I bought a hydroboost unit but it seems to me that this is overcomplicating things. I don't mind having to use pedal pressure if I just know that I can stop. I'm thinking of using wilwood kits from Corvette Engineering and a Wilwood master cylinder. Anyone know which one is the proper one? They come with different piston sizes
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys. I think that is what I am going to do. I don't have the necessary vacuum for my power brakes to operate properly. I bought a hydroboost unit but it seems to me that this is overcomplicating things. I don't mind having to use pedal pressure if I just know that I can stop. I'm thinking of using wilwood kits from Corvette Engineering and a Wilwood master cylinder. Anyone know which one is the proper one? They come with different piston sizes

Your talking "GREEK" to me i only talk OEM, NOS, GM, CHEVY talk........can't help ya at all with after market schtuff..........but there are lots of custom guys here that can most likey talk "GREEK" to help ya out !!!
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My LT-1 has manual brakes and they work real well. Maintain them properly and you should always have a firm pedal with minimal travel (which mine has).
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I have manual brakes on my 74, have to use a little more pressure on the brakes to stop.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:28 AM   #9
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I have manual brakes as well. A little more pedal pressure than power brakes, but hardly noticeable once you are used to it.
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Thanks for the input guys. I think that is what I am going to do. I don't have the necessary vacuum for my power brakes to operate properly. I bought a hydroboost unit but it seems to me that this is overcomplicating things. I don't mind having to use pedal pressure if I just know that I can stop. I'm thinking of using wilwood kits from Corvette Engineering and a Wilwood master cylinder. Anyone know which one is the proper one? They come with different piston sizes
Use the 1" bore MC with any of the kits for manual brakes.
I run the Daytona package and I can lock the wheels at will and that is with Kuhmo Estca's, very sticky tires.

oops I just realised I'm logged in as 427v8 Not Corvette Engineering.
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Thanks Kieth. Do you know which master Cyliner I need? Do you sell these? Are there adapter plates, linkage, or other things needed to do a power to manual conversion?
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Use the 1" bore MC with any of the kits for manual brakes.
I run the Daytona package and I can lock the wheels at will and that is with Kuhmo Estca's, very sticky tires.

oops I just realised I'm logged in as 427v8 Not Corvette Engineering.
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I have manual brakes on my 71'. No problem stopping.
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The next time you come up on a mini-van full of kids with a soccer mom driving and she locks them up to avoid a "poor little squirrel" you're gonna thank Bosh for ABS!
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I must have missed something. I don't have antilock brakes now and not planning on putting antilocks on the car. Is this a mod that others are doing??
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Disk brakes and power were invented after the drum brake and are the defacto standard now. Back in the day they were an option.
There is a reason for that
Ask yourself.....
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The next time you come up on a mini-van full of kids with a soccer mom driving and she locks them up to avoid a "poor little squirrel" you're gonna thank Bosh for ABS!

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Disk brakes and power were invented after the drum brake and are the defacto standard now. Back in the day they were an option.
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I have manual brakes on my 74, have to use a little more pressure on the brakes to stop.


Same thing on my '69...no problem stopping
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I must have missed something. I don't have antilock brakes now and not planning on putting antilocks on the car. Is this a mod that others are doing??
Sorry guys, I got on the C3 forum by mistake. After reading a few more threads I figured out where I was. Despite that, I can't imagine driving a car with manual brakes. Now-a-days, if you don't have ABS you're at severe risk of rear-ending someone who does and generally, "your fault, my fault, nobodys fault" you're gonna pay.
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I'va been driving for 32 years (a good bit of this was in cars w/o antilock brakes ) and I haven't rear ended anyone yet. While I agree that there is an advantage to antilock brakes that is not an option here and I really would not understand why manual brakes would be easier to lock than power brakes (pre-antilock).
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