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I used to tell my auto students who were always in the go fast mentality. Brakes are the most important part of the vehicle!

If you can not get it started, you can not get into trouble, but if you can not stop it you are in trouble!

Please take it to a professional or enroll in a community college auto class where you can learn to do the work yourself safely.

Reminds me when I was a young un many years ago... Had an old truck and was short on brake fluid. Down on the farm we had barrels of Tractor Hydraulic Fluid. Well, Brakes are hydraulic, Why wont that work? Put some in and they lasted about a week or two and everything started to go wrong one morning coming down a long steep driveway I lived on... O hell, aim toward the corn field. After choppin enough corn with the front end to fill the bed she finally stopped. LOL.. Take her back to my little farm shop. Take everything apart, Flush everything out and get new kits with new cups that were not swelled up three times their original size. Get he correct DOT #3 Fluid. Lesson learned. And all this time you fellers thought I was perfect. :P The best teacher is the school of hard knocks with lessons that do not kill you. Dandy Dave!

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also found out why it started acting up again. the boot on the cylinder popped off again, so something is causing it to do so

Brake shoes are supposed to be installed by pushing both wheel cylinder pistons to near center of the wheel cylinder. When both shoes are resting against the anchor pin AND both wheel cylinder pins and pistons pushed in, the shoes are resting on the "pads" of the backing plate and held in place by the retainer pins and springs. With star wheel adjusted to it's shortest length, the drum should slide on easily.

Having said all that, it is my opinion that the piston cannot push the cup off the wheel cylinder unless shoes are incorrectly anchored or you have a mismatch of components somewhere. The piston and rubber cannot blow out unless there is too much travel of the shoes upon application of the pedal.

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also found out why it started acting up again. the boot on the cylinder popped off again, so something is causing it to do so

Would it be OK with you if I take out a life insurance policy on you, naming me as beneficiary?..................Bob

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Reminds me when I was a young un many years ago... Had an old truck and was short on brake fluid. Down on the farm we had barrels of Tractor Hydraulic Fluid. Well, Brakes are hydraulic, Why wont that work? Put some in and they lasted about a week or two and everything started to go wrong one morning coming down a long steep driveway I lived on... O hell, aim toward the corn field. After choppin enough corn with the front end to fill the bed she finally stopped. LOL.. Take her back to my little farm shop. Take everything apart, Flush everything out and get new kits with new cups that were not swelled up three times their original size. Get he correct DOT #3 Fluid. Lesson learned. And all this time you fellers thought I was perfect. :P The best teacher is the school of hard knocks with lessons that do not kill you. Dandy Dave!

I always wondered who ripped up my cornfield...

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Old48Truck. It was our own cornfield that got it. Never got to get off of the farm that time. LOL.. Just as well. Dave.

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This is so much reminding me of ,Falcon Girl,i think.A whole lot of great info,but never put to use?I will give him a hands up for doing his own work ,but he is in over his head.Buy a manual,take your time,or send it to a shop.Please listen to the advice you have on this forum.

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I'm taking it to the shop next week. But one issue remains. I need to move the car in order to get it on the tow truck. It will move if i give it enough gas. But I'm worried I will damage the wheel/brakes. Any thoughts ?

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I'm taking it to the shop next week. But one issue remains. I need to move the car in order to get it on the tow truck. It will move if i give it enough gas. But I'm worried I will damage the wheel/brakes. Any thoughts ?

I don't think you will cause any more damage to the brakes by putting it on a truck.

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I don't think you will cause any more damage to the brakes by putting it on a truck.

It actually has to be moved about 100 feet on to the street Before it can go on the truck

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It actually has to be moved about 100 feet on to the street Before it can go on the truck

Probably will not do any damage. If in doubt, use some wheel dollies to move it. Where in California are you? Maybe I am close enough to help.

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Classic, You'll be happy to learn that brakes are pretty easy to work on. The JC class sounds like a great idea, I did that myself back in the day. Shop manuals are your friend, and many can be found online. Youtube is also great, I can almost promise that someone else had recorded a brake job on your car and posted it online. Watch these a few times and make sure you have the tools and comfort to do the job right. Ask how first if you have questions. Looks like a nice car you have there. I agree with some of the above that you are over your head currently, but that doesn't mean you can't learn to swim. I didn't start working on cars until I was 18, not everyone grows up under the hood.

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