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Newbie here... Didn't like the setups out there... Guy at ECI pretty much lied when he said a dual 1" master won't stop my car unless I buy their front brake conversion... If the original master is a 1" bore, or even 1 1/8" for that matter, if I have TWO 1 INCH pistons, it will work just fine. I've done 3 dual master conversions on my other cars as well as for friends and the same principles apply, it's just getting the darn thing setup properly... I like the lowered master of ECI but it changes ratio from 8:1 to 5:1... Granted less pedal effort but less travel. The other setups have with a booster really seem "too busy" and would require more floorpan modifications than I'd like. I'M NOT A METAL FABRICATOR... My brackets are pretty ugly... More pictures soon... One thing I wanna point out is that ALL of the "brake conversions" are NOT seamless... Whether you have to modify the floor, crossmember, hack off the original bracket, installing Chinese aftermarket pedals, and/or varied ratios, it's NOT easy... Why not make it easy and use a little common sense? As a mechanic, a LONG time ago, I was taught: "The guy who designed your car, know more about cars than you and me put together, so don't **** with his ideas too much or he'll bite you in the ass..." For the most part, even today, this is true. EVERYTHING we modify or "hot rod", tends to have SOME kind of consequences... Why pay $400 or more for consequences? Make your own with less material than the think and you'll have probably less consequences... Besides some automotive black studs, some other Hardware items, and threading my own 7/16 fine thread coupler, I use one 1/4" 5"X6" flat metal plate and a 2"X3" angle iron, 5 inches long. I think it's 5/16" thick... I did smoke out 2 drills from making holes... Part of the problem with the aftermarket units is that you have to use their pedal which is Chinese crap. I wanted to use the original pedal like ECI does but they reduce the ratio which I did not like. In fact some of the instructions for the Chinese stuff say to bend the pedal if it doesn't clear the holes in the floor... So in addition to ECI honestly not telling me the truth either that or they're just trying to sell me something such as the front brakes, I decided to do this myself... One of the problems with aftermarket units is that they don't all have stops so you don't overextend the master cylinder... So being that I really wanted to use the original pivot, the original brake pedal, and not go crazy doing all this, I had an idea... I decided to take apart the original master cylinder; BTW, looks like a 1" piston. And then I had a revelation... Why can't I Use the original master cylinder empty and then extend the Piston Rod all the way through the unit onto a homemade bracket that accepts a master cylinder? Of course I can... I thought it was a brilliant idea and basically all I did was use the original bolt holes and I know for a fact this is not going to move 1/64 of an inch... I will post more pictures but I'm a terrible photographer as well as not a great fabricator so forgive my sloppy brackets. But it's strong as hell. I may even post a video... I initially tried to drill out the holes for a power booster and I succeeded however I would have had to have spaced out the booster even more and not really have a way to attach it to the Piston Rod. It's a possibility that the aftermarket boosters have a little versatility with different threaded rods... What are used is the Corvette style hot rod style of master cylinder with a 1-inch bore... However I just bought a Dodge master cylinder from a 1987 Dodge d250 which only cost $20. It has a 1 1/8 inch bore... So I wanted to give it a try. The other thing is the Corvette master cylinder goes pretty much flush to the floor so I cut a hole to show how it's going to sit. I was thinking about getting a magnetic sign type material and putting it over it. Possibly adapting it to floor mat or part of the carpeting to make it easy to get to. I'm getting new floors put in so that's why I'm hacking up my floors. I just wanted to see where it would fit. But I'm going to try the aluminum master cylinder with the two plastic twist tops so it would be less obtrusive to the flooring that I will be putting in soon... If it doesn't stick out too much further I'd like to use it especially since it has a 1 and 1/8 inch bore... Please comment or suggest or pat me on my back for my idea! Tomorrow I'm running all new brake lines and will get this thing all plumbed up... I'm assuming that it will stop just fine... I will post more tomorrow...
Just wondering if anyone has a "comparable" body mount bushing that I could use and the exact size, (length and thread) of the bolts for my 1951 DeSoto... One body mount setup on one website is $9.00 for the pair (top and bottom)... How many should I have? Seems to be at least 14... Not thrilled at that price. Figured that there has to be an alternative... I don't care about originality... Thanks in advance... As you can see, I have some issues with metal work and if I got to take off at least 8 of these, then I might as well change them...