Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
5/10/19 3:53 p.m.

Story and Photography by Carl Heideman

When it comes to classic car brakes, most people set their expectations way too low. The truth is, most machines built after World War II should have good brakes: a firm pedal that travels no more than an inch and a half while delivering straight, confident stops during normal driving.

Yes, a lot of classic car braking systems have more than one issue, but two other factors also plague their reputation. One of the biggest problems is that so many hands have touched our classics--hands that have probably made mistakes and improvised fixes in your car’s past, and passed those issues down to you. Another problem is that classic cars tend to sit, meaning their brakes don’t get exercised and corrosion is allowed to set in. Added together, these issues can make driving your car the wrong kind of thrilling. Here’s what to look for in a braking system.

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keithedwards New Reader
5/11/19 2:07 p.m.

I can remember an old car manual, to test brakes, you need to drive down a deserted gravel road, apply the brakes firmly, then measure the length of each "skidmark"... Adjust until they are all about equal.

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