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CKOT
01-05-2007, 12:23 PM
I have a '63 GT Hawk with manual/drum brakes. Someone told me I could get a remote resevoir to avoid having to add/check brake fluid via the driver floorboards. Is this possible, and if so, really worthwhile? I am not completely averse to checking/filling via the floorboard opening, but probably be easier under the hood. Thanks for your inputs/answers/ideas.

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Dick Steinkamp
01-05-2007, 12:33 PM
The disc brake Hawks came with the remote fill reservoir. Here is the one in my '63 (it should be painted black and have the proper fluid warning decal, BTW)

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Of course the cap on the M/C is different also to accept the line from this reservoir.

I would guess that these may be hard to come by. They didn't make many '63-64 Hawks...and only a portion of them with the power disc brakes. The Larks and Avanti's had the firewall mounted M/C.

There are plenty of aftermarket ones around, however, for the hot rod market.



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CKOT
01-05-2007, 01:00 PM
I actually have one, came with the car when I got it 3 years ago, was in the trunk. Finally getting around to thinking about, which prompted this posting. Now to see if it is worthwhile or not. I guess I will toy around with what it would be like having it under the hood. I check it a few times a year, and flush it every spring, so may be easier. I have the bracket as well, would just need to get the proper cap, and the line.

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klifton1
01-05-2007, 01:52 PM
I think you can still get the cap from SASCO. That is where I got mine.
Klif

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starlightchamp
01-05-2007, 02:16 PM
The cap on the master brake cylinder is special in that it has a right
angle brass fitting to accept tubing from the firewall reservoir. Also it
is a metal cap that must be threaded into the MC. I had to use plumbers
tape on the threads to stop leaks. The firewall reservoir was added on
disk brake cars to increase the supply of fluid they require.

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JDP
01-05-2007, 06:08 PM
It was only used on disk brake cars because they need more fluid storage to fill the four front calipers.

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53k
01-07-2007, 08:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

The disc brake Hawks came with the remote fill reservoir. ...
Of course the cap on the M/C is different also to accept the line from this reservoir.
I would guess that these may be hard to come by. They didn't make many '63-64 Hawks...and only a portion of them with the power disc brakes. The Larks and Avanti's had the firewall mounted M/C.
There are plenty of aftermarket ones around, however, for the hot rod market.


The '60 Hawk I bought from England a few years ago had the disk brake reservoir installed. I guess the previous owner got tired of checking the under-floor master cylinder. The car also had a Tele-lube automatic chassis lube system installed. A Tele-lube had a 30-weight engine oil reservoir and a pump that injected oil into all the grease fittings whenever the engine was started (talk about Studebaker oil leaks).
I sold the car to a funny little fellow who wanted to replace his 365,000-mile '60 Hawk that was so rusted it was a wonder it didn't disentegrate on the road. Anyhow, he brought the car back to me for something. It required a lift so I took the car a couple blocks down the street and had a little garage do it. As an aside, I told them to add some oil to the Tele-lube reservoir. Guess to which reservoir they added the oil. Hint- brakes don't work well with engine oil. The garage did make good- re-did his whole brake system at no charge.



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