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    I'm trying to get Frankenbaker ready for the winter meet at the Petersen Museum in L.A. Unfortunately, I'm not going to make it. The car is running beautifully, but there seems to be an issue with the power brakes. I replaced the rotors and pads, but the pedal now goes all the way to the floor. I'm not sure what happened - I didn't remove any lines and nothing seems to be leaking. I'm sure I'll figure it out, just not in time for the show. Oh, well.



    The cars' running, but it's hard to tell. The dual exhausts exit under the car (for that full sleepy while driving feeling).

    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    '60 Lark HT
    '63 Wagonaire
    '66 Frankenbaker
    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    \'60 Lark HT
    \'63 Wagonaire
    \'66 Frankenbaker

  • #2
    Have you pumped the brake pedal several times?

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    • #3
      Dwain-

      Yes, I've pumped the pedal quite a bit. I thought that would make a difference too, but it didn't.

      Scott Rodgers
      Los Angeles
      SDC Member since 1989
      '60 Lark HT
      '63 Wagonaire
      '66 Frankenbaker
      Scott Rodgers
      Los Angeles
      SDC Member since 1989
      \'60 Lark HT
      \'63 Wagonaire
      \'66 Frankenbaker

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      • #4
        Mine does the same (pedal to floor). I think its the M/C but have not changed it yet.

        Ron Johnston
        1963 Studebaker Daytona HT

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        • #5
          You have to bleed the brake system Scotty, after a front disc pad and rotor change, even if you didn't have any open lines, etc. in the system. Is it a single or dual master cylinder? Make sure that the rear brakes are working properly AND adjusted properly, (shoes should be "dragging" very slightly), BEFORE you attempt a system bleed. If the system will not bleed with all brakes properly adjusted and no leaks, change the master cylinder.

          Sonny
          http://RacingStudebakers.com
          Sonny
          http://RacingStudebakers.com

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          • #6
            Thanks, Sonny.

            It's a dual MC (non-stude) with a Stude power booster.

            Scott Rodgers
            Los Angeles
            SDC Member since 1989
            '60 Lark HT
            '63 Wagonaire
            '66 Frankenbaker
            Scott Rodgers
            Los Angeles
            SDC Member since 1989
            \'60 Lark HT
            \'63 Wagonaire
            \'66 Frankenbaker

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            • #7
              Good luck Scott. We would love to see your car at our show. Hope you find the problem.

              Howard Brown Los Angeles chapter SDC

              Howard
              53 Commander Starliner
              56 Sky Hawk
              Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
              '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
              '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
              '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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