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  • Brakes: Power brakes `53 Commander

    Want to put power brakes on a `53 Commander. Read article in May `96 that indicated `54 up veh. parts would interchange. Anyone have the information? What year was the first for power brakes. Conventional power is fine without disc`s.

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    Have you already swapped in the later, larger drums, shoes and wheel cylinders? If so, all you need is a hydrovac, and to plumb it in. With good shoe liners, the power braked, front and rear shoed Studebaker will put your head into the windshield, if not careful. In other words, they work very well, but cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get your hands on shoes that are lined with the proper material. Currently available, brownish ones, with metal sintering are the best, but they screech. Stay away from the darker ones witht metal sintering, they are silent but won't stop the car sufficiently.

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    • #3
      What you want to do FIRST, is install & try out a New 1954 to 1966 Wheel Unit replacement before deciding to add a Hydrovac Power Brake Booster. You very likely will find that it stops very well without Power.

      Many people, myself included have successfully done this easily with NO problem, so all you need to know is, Bolt it on!
      The Chassis Parts Catalog will help you gather all the pieces required, there are NO interchangeable Parts except the Master Cylinder, between '53 & '54 Brakes.

      The Power Brake Option happened on the 1955 Year Model Studebakers.
      It was aimed at the increasing number of "Housewives" that were starting to learn to drive!
      Last edited by StudeRich; 01-27-2020, 06:14 PM.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
        What you want to do FIRST, is install & try out a New 1954 to 1966 Wheel Unit replacement ........)
        What are you talking about here?
        64 GT Hawk (K7)
        1970 Avanti (R3)

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        • #5
          I am pretty sure most everyone here including the OP understands, we are talking about the Complete Brake System changeover from the '47-'53 Lockheed self adjusting, eccentric adjusted Type, to the much better 1954 to 1966 Type Bendix Style, Star Wheel Adjusted Wagner Brake System.

          Did you READ the rest of the Post?
          I get it, that "Wheel Units" may not jump out at you as Meaning: "Wheel Brake Units", but when speaking about a BRAKE SYSTEM, a "Wheel UNIT" is an appropriate term for everything at the Wheels, excluding the rest of the "System".
          Last edited by StudeRich; 01-28-2020, 03:09 PM.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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