One step forward, 1/2 step back

I got the rear brake drums off this morning, replaced the rear brake cylinders and bled the brakes. There’s not supposed to be brake fluid there. I suck at flaring brake lines.

I also painted the rear wheels. I’m going for a “someone’s taking care of this truck” look.

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Replacement hard line

That was pretty easy, once I realized I hadn’t flared one end.

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Tribal Knowledge

My Dad taught me how to do this when I was 8.

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More Brakes

I’ve replaced both front wheel cylinders and hoses. Still need to get some bearing grease and re-grease the front wheel bearings.

I also replaced the master cylinder, which was really an “as long as I’m here” type of preventative measure. When I disconnected the line from the master cylinder to the proportioning valve and bent it away from the master cylinder, I discovered the source of my brake issues. The hard line snapped at its bracket on the firewall.


So I opened the LMC, Sacramento Vintage Ford and Macs Auto Parts catalogs looking for this line. Nothing. Nobody carries it. I went to O’Reilly and they called their supplier. Nothing.

So I went to the wonderful people at and asked them. They told me I could replace that line with a regular hard brake line, but that I should put a coil in it. I happen to have exactly the right line and fittings left over from my ‘95 Jeep. Shouldn’t be too bad.

Famous last words.

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Found it!


I have a replacement. I don’t think I’ll use this one.

Doesn’t look too tasty though…

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The Dog Ate My Brakes

While working on “Ugly’s” brakes, I left a new wheel cylinder in its plastic bag on the floor of the garage. I also left the garage door open.

Daisy, one of the one year old blue-healer mix sisters we adopted this year, decided that the plastic bag would be fun to chew up. She took it somewhere in the back yard, and chowed down. I assume she also ate the boots and whatever lubricant was there, because she was sick twice that evening.


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Punch List

Overhaul brakes. They don’t work at all anymore.
Find and install a fuel gauge for my sender.
May need a new wiring harness. Headlights turn off randomly and brake lights don’t work.
Adjust engine valves.
Rebuild engine?
Bare metal.
Sound deadening
Floor covering

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