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Master Cylinder Replacement

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  • Master Cylinder Replacement

    Got the front brakes redone, evertyhing turned out well.
    Now it us time to replace the master cylinder, (which I
    have been putting off).
    I know this has been discussed before, but can't find the
    right thread... Just from looking at the location, etc. of
    the MC on my Hawk, it looks like a bear...probably a high frustration factor. So my question is, is this something better left to a shop with a lift? laying on my back, trying to get to those bolts and lines..I just don't know. I really do not want
    to enlarge the access hole by cutting my (new) floor to improve access from the top.

    If someone out there has done this before,
    would appreciate any input. tks,

    Joe D.

  • #2
    It's actually pretty easy to get to and work on, but yes, on your back.
    Jack stands under the control arms after using a floor jack under the center pin. Remove drivers side front wheel and the splash shield under the pedals. Welcome to the world of Studebaker...

    Bob Johnstone
    64 GT Hawk (K7)
    1970 Avanti (R3)


    • #3
      Looks worse than it is. Just follow the shop manual procedure. After you've done it once or twice it will probably only take 15 or 20 minutes.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"


      • #4
        ok, thanks. sounds encouraging. I'll try to tackle it this
        weekend, time permitting. I've had the front clip off for
        some time now, cleaning the frame, redoing front brakes, lines etc. also the splash shield is already off as well. So at least I'm that far along on this particular task. thanks again.

        Joe D.


        • #5

          Bob Johnstone
          64 GT Hawk (K7)
          1970 Avanti (R3)


          • #6
            It's a lot of work to clean up the front end like you did...but it sure is worth it IMHO. Just makes you feel good [8D].

            Nice job!! []

            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA


            • #7
              Hey! that looks NICE![]

              Miscreant adrift in
              the BerStuda Triangle

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe

              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


              • #8
                Apprec the comments; the grandkids and wife don't seem to notice
                any difference in the car from when I first got it... they just
                shrug and say "when will it be finished?".... I'll quit this
                thread now but first here's the 58 Hawk as of today, I just
                reinstalled the radiator, shroud.. Front sheetmetal is all done
                and ready to reinstall, after I do a "few" more things, like change the MC; also have to finish the rocker panels, which is about the only sheet metal I didn't remove from the car.... Tks again,

                Joe D.