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Old 06-05-2011, 03:32 PM
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Chevette master cylinder

Hi, I am building a Chevette hot rod with a Ford 8.8" rear and a Jeep Comanche straight axle front end. This means discs in front and drums in the back. I am skeptical that a stock 1985 Chevette master cylinder would have have the gusto to back all of this up. Does anybody have any suggestions for a master that might fit as is, or a good setup that could be fabricated.

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Got discs in the front and drums in the rear? You're not changing the concept it was designed for so why wouldn't it work?

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The Jeep calipers are quite a bit bigger than the original Chevette ones. Wouldn't this present a problem?
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Caliper size relates to reservoir size - as the brakes wear, the reservoir needs enough reserve to not run out of fluid before you hear it grinding or squealers. A place I'd be more concerned is the fact that the calipers are larger, this leads to more braking power up front/less in the rear meaning an adjustable proportioning valve will likely be needed. It's not that it won't work, it's just that to use the setup as described takes more care in maintenance and setup.
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Thanks for the good ideas! I'll see about getting an adjustable proportioning valve!
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X2 on the proportioning valve, And We would really love to see some pics of your project.
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I will get some pics, we are still in the relatively early stages but we're kind of doing it different to how I have seen it before. We are putting in the comanche straight axle and a Ford 400 motor into it. The motor is already painted Chevy orange

I am going to get an HEI style distributor for it too, I want peeps at first glance to think it's a Chevy motor! I want to make it like some screwed old school rat rod being flat black, red wheels, etc. But, with an 80s econobox!
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I am going to get an HEI style distributor for it too, I want peeps at first glance to think it's a Chevy motor!
You'll have to convince them that you have installed a special front-drive distributor for the Chevy.
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