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Hello rodders. I am replacing the brakes in my 49 Stude. I have a MII set up in the front (11 rotors) and an 8" (76 Maverick) rear with 10 x 1 3/4 drums. I grabbed the combination valve off the donor Maverick (had discs up front) and am keeping the master cylinder under the floor boards. Can I use the Maverick combination valve even though it has been lowered? Will I need to use residual pressure valves? Do you think that a larger bore master cylinder (1" or larger) will allow me to not use a booster? Will a Vega booster (7") bolt up to a known master? Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, Curtis.

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HEY CURTIS: There is a guy in our car club that builds and sells disc brake upgrade kits for Studebakers. I am sorry I don't have his e mail but his phone 317-877-0453 Mr. Jim Turner. I am sure he would be very helpful. GOOD LUCK...DAVE
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Hello and thanks for the info, but Turner only makes kits for later model studes: 52/3 and up. I wrote to him about the problem and he never responded, Also Steel Tech Solutions makes brake kits for later Studes as well, run by Dave Levesque, and he responds toquestions. They are a little cheaper than Turner's. 50 and earlier Studes have an entirely different front suspension and steering package with a lot of bump steer, that's wht I am switching to a MII front suspension.
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Also for those other early Stude owners out there before I decided to replace the front suspension I did discover (through an article by Tex Smith) that a set of brakes from a mid seventies blazer will work. The calipers are held on by a hardened steel backing plate/caliper bracket that will fit on the early stude spindle (hole pattern needs to be re-drilled) and caliper alignment is close to right on. The chevy's also use the same bearing sets. I played with the brackets and calipers until deciding that the stock bump steer was too much for me. Also a late 70's MII rack (front steer) works really well (slight drop from original linkage position; about 1/4-3/8", but need to change or shorten steering arms for full travel.
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