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Old 01-31-2004, 06:14 AM
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Aluminum master cylinders

Hi guys

I've got a '78 Monte that I'm finally starting to frame-off restore.
I purchased an '81 Buick Regal that I stripped for basically the frame and brake master cylinder. It had the aluminum master and the Monte has the old steel one. The Regal was a diesel (if that will make any difference?) I didn't keep the booster from the Regal. Now heres the question for any brake experts out there. Will this swap from a steel unit to an aluminum one be anything more than a direct swap leading to increased reliabilty of one brake component? Any help, thoughts, ideas are greatly appreciated.

By the way, this is my first tech question post so I hope I'm doing it right.

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Brakes

there are three things that mater most about brake master cyls
the bore the stroke and the bolt up flange
the metal they are made from is not that important
all though the alloy ones seem to wear out the bore
after about ten years they can be resleaved with stainless steel
please go to the data base it is full of brake stuff and allso check out the web site how stuff works (brakes ) its very informative
its in plain english and good diagrams
there are a few more things to look out for
if it is bolting up to a pwr booster they must have the same length of snout. Or bolting it up to the booster will open the valving also some brake fluids are harsh on the rubber components my tractor likes one particular flavor of brake fluid
it needed a flush out and rebuilds after mixing fluids
if you have any major worries see the brake shop they will tell you the interchangeablilty of your parts
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Thanks for the help. I couldn't find much that fit my particular situation, so I'm just plain glad you guys are patient and willing to point the new guys in the right direction. This is just an awesome site.

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