how do you do overhaul brake job on a 1965 ford falcon

Asked by Oct 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM about the 1965 Ford Falcon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Brakes aren't something to mess with if you don't know what you are doing, so this question makes me wonder if you have enough knowledge to complete the task on this old of a vehicle. But here goes, to do a complete overhaul you will have to buy enough brake line and fittings to replace all of the metal lines from the master cylinder to both front and rear brakes, then all of the rubber lines to the front and rear brakes, then as you disassemble the brake one at a time check the backing plates for worn or badly notched places where the brake shoes would ride have them welded up and ground back down if needed, then replace all of the wheel cylinders and brake shoes and hardware, they have hardware kits for this, make sure you get the shoes on correctly, short shoe forward, while you are this far you might want to replace the drums on all 4 wheela as you don't know if they are at the limit for turning, replace front wheel bearings and seals, I like to use waterproof grease in my bearings just due to the rain I get here, after installing the drums adjust the brake shoes so they just start to drag on the drum as it is turned, now replace your master cylinder, make sure you follow directions on how to bench bleed the master cylinder before installing, after installing it you will have to bleed the entire brake system one wheel at a time, get a vacuum bleeder as this will aid in bleeding the brakes and follow directions on how to do it in the package, after the vacuum bleeding is complete have someone push and hold the brake pedal for you as you check for any fluid leaks, repair if any are located, you may want to rebleed the system using a buddy to push the pedal if you brake pedal is low. If everything checks out then do a road test, start out by backing up and applying the brakes a couple of times to reset the auto adjusters then roadtest carefully making sure your brakes are applying evenly and not throwing you one way or the other. I hope if given you an idea on this procedure. Good luck.

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