Old Man with a Hat
FCBO Gold Member
- Oct 8, 2011
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Very nice Nick. I found your site a while back, long before I acquired my F last Thanksgiving. Nice work, keep it up. My car has largely been in the shop since January for a whole lot of little things including new brake lines and twin circuit front disks and a color sand/buff bow to stern, new exhaust front to back, resealing of the valley pan, replating of certain under-hood hardware, new radiator, tuneup, tires and now a leak from the bottom of a modified master cylinder. If I can get that licked I may be able to drive it to Don Verity in RI so he can look at my steering column. Out of 9 cars this one has most seriously kicked my *** in aggravation and expense. But it is so damn beautiful, so alluring you just can't help spending money on it.
Good luck with yours.
And to the fella who says he can't afford one I say look carefully. I have seen two of these in driver condition go for the cost of a fancy Hyundai.
Could you give us an overview of what system you used for the front disc brake conversion and which master cylinder/reservoir etc? My car is very original and very low miles but total contact brakes are a pain and I have been toying with the idea of doing such a conversion as well, but for originality reasons I am on the fence. But safety matters too........
I still have the original total contact brakes on my 1957 300C and 1962 300H and they have been fine but the ones on the F have been more problematic and frustrating. I think it primarily is the availability of good parts for these systems. All my cars with such brakes have silicone fluid and if the parts do not deteriorate with that fluid, the systems seem to last forever. But when I replaced the brake parts on my F more recently and continued to use the same fluid, I think that is the source of the issue with the F.
I talked with Jeff at Karp's Brake service who lives near by me and is one of the foremost old car brakes specialists anywhere, and he advised me to use parts that he sources from U.S. older nos and go back to using regular brake fluid and the issues will go away since silicone fluid seems to react with the materials in newer brake parts sourced from who knows where. Such an issue has been the case with the old brake fluid type brake switches on these old cars, which is why I have converted mine to a mechanical brake light switches.
You have a stunning 300F!
Mine is also white......................