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Power Brakes for 63 Lark

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  • Power Brakes for 63 Lark

    We have a 63 Lark 6 cyl, stick. This is the firewall pedals. Is a power brake booster all I need to convert from non-assisted to power brakes? I know some of the Studies use a vacuum canister, what would this be for, or is that just for the hydro-vac type?

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    In 63 the power brakes were disk brakes. the entire system is different. There are modern conversions available but mixing systems is a very bad idea.
    Rob

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by mapman

      In 63 the power brakes were disk brakes. the entire system is different. There are modern conversions available but mixing systems is a very bad idea.
      Rob

      Rob, I really don't want to go to the extra expense at this time of converting tofront disc. As long as this conversion is done correctly, wouln't it be alright ,as a lot of 60s cars had power, 4 wheel drum brakes?

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      • #4
        Rob misspoke, power drum brakes were a option and as you suggested, just need the booster added.

        64 Commander 2 dr.
        64 Daytona HT
        63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
        63 Avanti R1
        63 Daytona convert
        63 Lark 2 door
        63 Lark 2 door #2
        62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
        62 Lark 2 door
        62 GT Hawk 4 speed
        60 Lark HT
        60 Hawk
        59 3E truck
        52 Starliner
        51 Commander

        JDP Maryland

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        • #5
          JDP is right. there are several different power brake units listed in the chassis parts manual, with and without disk brakes. I am sure he or someone else on here can tell you which is which or if they all will work.
          The more I learn about Studebakers the more I find I don't know.
          Rob

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          • #6
            You got me to looking at the manual and I noticed that there is a hill holder and anti creep available on the 63s. I have seen the hill holder on a 63 but not the anti-creep. Has anyone? How about any of the cars with FOM? Just curious.
            Rob

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            • #7
              Since your car has the suspended pedal, you will need a Master Vac booster. This will necessatate changing of your MC as well. The MC on the booster has a slightly different push rod as it comes out of the booster and the booster is attached to the pedal linkage. Most booster arrangements had the single res MC. There are setups with a double, though they are rare. Maybe someone else will post with compatible arrangements (Avanti, GM)? I don't know how they did it or if it works correctly, but my '63 wagon (not running) has a boosted dual MC.
              Hill Holder is about 200 bucks from Studebaker International. They're nice.

              By the by, the wagon has finned drum brakes.


              Lotsa Larks!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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              • #8
                The Hill Holder goes on the manual Trans. cars and the Anti-Creep goes on the Studebaker Automatic as standard equip. optional on FOM cars. No I or no one I know has ever heard of a 1956 or later with Anti-creep installed. After people got used to Automatic Transmissions, they learned to hold the brake pedal, -no need for them!

                quote:Originally posted by mapman

                You got me to looking at the manual and I noticed that there is a hill holder and anti creep available on the 63s. I have seen the hill holder on a 63 but not the anti-creep. Has anyone? How about any of the cars with FOM? Just curious.Rob
                StudeRich
                Studebakers Northwest
                Ferndale, WA
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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