I am looking for a Ford newsgroup, where it is likely one can see
issues relating to older models like XY's of 1971 vintage. This
one seems almost dead. Hello! Anyone listening there? <g>
At the moment I would like to chat about the possibility of
opening my power booster (PBR) and reconditioning it. I can get
some parts for it. But there is the matter of opening it, it does
not exactly come apart by screwing or by removing bolts...
Any one done this sort of thing themselves or can recommend where
I might get info on it. Interested in any advice that has been
found _personally_ useful.
If this is a standard vacuum brake booster, you should not
rebuilt it yourself. There a several companies here in the
US that rebuild boosters and 1971 vintage is not all that
old for a couple of them. I don't immediately have the
phone numbers but White Post Restorations in Virginia and
Brake Specialty Co. in Atlanta, GA are a couple that I can
think of off hand. Brake Specialty has rebuilt several for
me that were almost impossible to find parts for. White
Post has the capability to make many parts if needed. For
your 1971, you may want to try Rick at Brake Specialty. He
would probably provide parts if your want to screw it up
before having someone do it. That booster has a very strong
spring that must be contained as it is disassembled. When
reassembling, that spring has to be compressed and a seal
established as the booster is locked back together. The
cost is not that bad excluding shipping.
I am in Sydney, Australia. I have heard of fellers fixing their
own. Sort of would like to give it a go and see what might be
involved. I have heard about the spring and there has to be ways
to rig something up safely to contain it when opening and to
comp[ressi it. How strong is it?
I can get some of the parts from a local auto parts dealer
(Repco)... to my surprise.
I know all about getting mine reconditioned "professionally". Or
in exchange (harder to find these days for my old bus!).
I would really like to be in touch with someone who has done it
and has a 'can do' attitude. Or see a really good website
explanation of the procedure. I have not looked real hard at my
booster but i reckon there must be a 'home' technique to get it
open that I don't have to work out myself.
Anyway, that is what I am thinking at least. Thanks Lugnut for
your reply though, I do appreciate it.
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