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  1. I've decided to sell my 62 Electra 225 convertible to make room for other projects. This car is a great cruiser and has won its share of trophies too. Check my signature for pictures. It's powder blue with new white top and rear window. The interior and trunk have been completed re-upholstered as original. The stock radio has been re-worked to include AM-FM stereo with replacement speakers in the stock location in front and rear. It looks original and sounds great. It has new 1" whitewall radial tires on Cragar 30 spoke wire wheels. The wheels are new as well. The engine and tranny ru
  2. I haven't found a source. However, you may talk to one of your local brake shops (you know; the one that really knows what they're doing) about your issue. They can probably tell you a place that can sleeve your old ones. I nearly did that awhile back but it turned out I had a different problem.
  3. This has been the strangest thing. I started 2 years ago with a perfectly fine car. I bought shoes, mc rebuild kit, new wheel cylinders and hardware and took it to a local shop to have the brakes rebuilt. While I've always had a firm pedal, it took a lot of leg pressure to stop the car. I always attributed this to the booster. As indicated above, I bought a universal 8" booster from Summitt and converted to dual mc. No change. I then bought a 67 Buick Electra 10.5" booster and mc and put those on (bolted right up). No change. I just put new shoes on from NAPA and the brakes are fine now. I gue
  4. This has been the strangest thing. I started 2 years ago with a perfectly fine car. I bought shoes, mc rebuild kit, new wheel cylinders and hardware and took it to a local shop to have the brakes rebuilt. While I've always had a firm pedal, it took a lot of leg pressure to stop the car. I always attributed this to the booster. As indicated above, I bought a universal 8" booster from Summitt and converted to dual mc. No change. I then bought a 67 Buick Electra 10.5" booster and mc and put those on (bolted right up). No change. I just put new shoes on from NAPA and the brakes are fine n
  5. Yes; the first booster I tried asked for 18" and that's what I have from the intake. I also have the vacuum reserve tank and it is solid. It has no leaks. I need to mic the drums. I'm thinking they've been cut to much and I'm not getting good contact on the shoes. The shoes don't lay flat against the drum surface. I'm going to order new ones and see how that turns out. Kanter seems to have cast iron replacements. These are aluminum.
  6. Not so fast. I put that Summit setup on the car and had no improvement. I still have to put a lot of pressure on the pedal to stop quickly. Since we last spoke, I decided that the 8" booster from Summit wasn't big enough so I decided to go with a Buick setup. I investigated and found that 67 was the first year Buick had a dual master cylinder with drum brakes. I bought a 67 booster and master cylinder and installed them. The 67 booster is 10.5". I still have the same symptoms. At this point, I think I've been chasing the wrong components. What's left? Brake wheel cylinders? Drums? S
  7. That's worth checking. It's my understanding that you don't need to use a proportioning valve if the fronts and rears are both drum.
  8. I need your help to diagnose a power brake problem. I have a 62 Electra that had power brakes with a single master cylinder and drums all around. I had the brakes re-done, including a new master cylinder. After the repair, I noted that the brake booster wasn't working. I did the 'test' (i.e., engine off, foot on brake, start car) and the pedal pushed toward me as it was suppose to. I scratched my head and decided to put a new booster and dual master cylinder on it anyway. The booster is from Summit (8") and the master cylinder is a standard GM unit that has the same push rod style as the boost
  9. I'm sure no expert on these convertible tops. I'm just sharing what I did and how well it worked. Best of luck. Let me know when you're in town and wanting to talk Buick. I like doing that. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  10. Of course yours could be different since it's a year newer. There was a metal cover over my motor that I had to remove. There was a rubber plug in one end of the pump that had to be removed. I filled that hole until the fluid was even with the bottom of the hole. I don't remember what fluid I used. I'll see if I can figure it out tonite and post later. I was worried about bleeding the system but it seemed to take care of itself.
  11. Have you checked the fluid level in the pump? I had a recent problem where my top worked sometimes and sometimes it didn't. I filled the pump and everything is fine now. Know where the pump is? On my 62 Electra it's under a piece of cloth which drapes from the rear of the back seat to where the bottom of the vinyl top ties in the the body.
  12. Am I in the wrong forum with this question? Can someone point me toward an answer? Thanks in advance.
  13. I'm doing some work to freshen up the engine compartment on my 62 Electra. Are the hinges cad silver or semi-gloss black or ??? Also, are the hood springs semi-gloss black? What color are the bolts that hold the springs onto the car/hood? Are the hood latch assembly components cad silver or what? Thanks for your help.
  14. We're back on track now. Everything is going to work fine. I took the rear line lose from the block. It's 3/16". I'm using a coupler there back up to the rear plug in the master cylinder which is the same size fitting. I plugged the exposed hole in the block. I diconnected the line entering the top of the block from the old master cylinder (1/4"). The lines from the block to the front wheel cylinders are 3/16". I'm trying to decide whether to run 1/4" line from the new MC to the block or use 3/16". The block is 1/4" and the MC is 3/16". I think I'm going with the 3/16" line and an ad
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