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Any reason why a hydroboost system couldn't be used on an underfloor application? I've got an old Rambler American with a hanging brake pedal, but no room on the firewall for a booster or hydraulic clutch pedal, so I'm toying with the idea of reverting back to underfloor pedals...

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I guess you're talking of the master cylinder cap-to-reservoir seal. It would stay fluid-bound because the return line from the 'boost unit back to the power steering reservoir would be "uphill" and the master cylinder would always be full.

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I guess you're talking of the master cylinder cap-to-reservoir seal. It would stay fluid-bound because the return line from the 'boost unit back to the power steering reservoir would be "uphill" and the master cylinder would always be full.

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the booster(pump) isn't an issue as the p/s pump will be most times higher.. when mounted under floor
it's the master ,but many a car was like that, old packards come to mind..
if a claper has an effie seal you'll find out..
 

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The factory booster has a bracket which holds the booster about 4" away from the firewall and about 3" higher than where the non-boosted master cylinder is mounted. Ford uses a similar system. The bracket gives clearance to mount a small diameter booster. I believe an 8" booster was used. This Ford assembly for a 66-71 Fairlane/Torino will probably work, but lifts the MC/booster a little higher than stock. You should have room for this though (Master Power Brakes - FORD 7" DUAL DIAPHRAGM POWER BOOSTER/MASTER CYLINDER). This one for 55-64 full size Chevy cars is more like it, but uses a 1.125" MC instead of the 1" that the Rambler brakes need (Master Power Brakes - GM 8" DUAL DIAPHRAGM POWER BOOSTER/MASTER CYLINDER). A Jeep CJ-5 or CJ-7 uses a similar bracket, but upside down to LOWER the booster. What you might want to do is locate the Chevy brackets and use a Ford booster and MC. You would have to fabricate a correct length pushrod though. That shouldn't be a problem, just get the booster and MC together. I'm using a Ford Ranger booster with an original Rambler bracket in my 63 Classic. Had to cut the booster to pedal rod and weld a nut on the end as an "eye" for the linkage. Has been in there and works fine since 2003. I bought a salvage yard booster/MC just in case I messed something up!
 

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Frank, thanks for those links. Always more than one way to git 'er done. Wish I'd know about those before I started fighting the brakes on my Maverick. The manual brakes flat out stink, so I went to calipers with larger pistons for more "clamp" and now I'm out of (15/16" bore) master cylinder stroke. Bought a 1" Corvette C3 master and oblonged the mounting holes so it would fit over the studs, and it hits my valve cover. Now I'm waiting on a 1" bore F-100 master... It's always something on modded cars!

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i run an under floor hydroboost on my 58 chevy truck, it came stock with the under floor mc and i couldn't bear to clutter up the firewall with a big ugly vac booster
i used an 03 ford mustang hydroboost with the stock tank on it for a year
i upgraded to a remote reservoir after i had a caliper line failure and didn't see the level go down
the mc adapters and reservoir came from a nissan quest or ford minivan equivalent





 
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