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Jack and Kingpins:
« on: June 03, 2019, 03:28:53 PM »
        I'm converting my 58 Beetle to disc brakes. Even after bleeding and adjustments, the old front drum brakes car tends to slow down more than stops- plus the one front wheel cylinder keeps freezing up.

      As I proceed with the conversion I tend to check each step of the teardown and installation with literature and sometimes U-Tube, since I only do this every 15 years or so.

    The best U-Tube is by our very own member and founder Jack Kessel. It's very entertaining. It features a few of our members and their cars. 

      If you haven't done so, watch it, if not for the knowledge then for the entertainment:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHB9GpN_sdw

      Where did the years go?
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Re: Jack and Kingpins:
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2019, 07:13:42 PM »


 Hi Joe,

I did replace my 55 front brakes with discs, m -  was pretty straight forward...
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Re: Jack and Kingpins:
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2019, 10:24:47 PM »
Thanks Joe,
I installed disc brakes on the front of Herbie. They work much better than the drums. I did a complete king and link pin replacement at the time also. I figured it was a no brainer to combine the jobs. I like them so much I bought the same set up for Dusty ( my Gray '63 Rag Top) I plan to install the soon.  -MONEY\ well spent!  old-\
46 years later and I am back to a '63 Rag named Herby
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Re: Jack and Kingpins:
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2019, 04:12:10 PM »
        My installation is not going so good. I already twisted off at the master cylinder; the rear brake hard line nipple. This is the connection that goes to the T in the back. That means I have to run a whole new rear brake line


  Blackie has one. Another trip to Vineland.
 
  The Master cylinder that goes with the unit looks a lot longer. It's going to be close. I see myself denting in the tunnel to make it work.

  Also, this unit came with dropped spindles. The dropped spindles I already have on the bug will not work with this new set-up. That means doing the shim calculations. I did it before, not hard, just follow the instructions.
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