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Under Hood Brake Resevoir GT Hawk

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  • Under Hood Brake Resevoir GT Hawk

    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.


    Chris Kot
    63 GT Hawk
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  • #2
    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)



    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.




    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA
    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      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.


      Chris Kot
      63 GT Hawk
      37 Dictator

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      • #4
        I think you can still get the cap from SASCO. That is where I got mine.
        Klif

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        • #5
          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.

          1950 Champion Starlight
          1963 Hawk GT
          Santa Barbara
          CA
          The 1950 Champion Starlight
          Santa Barbara
          CA

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          • #6
            It was only used on disk brake cars because they need more fluid storage to fill the four front calipers.


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            • #7
              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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