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LP 06-28-2016 07:10 PM

53 ford brake pedal

Just replaced master cylinder ,wheel cylinders ,and hoses on my 53 Customline V8.
The master and the cylinders are made by Dorman. In an earlier post I was having leaking issues but have that under control. Thanks to all who replied.
When trying to bleed the brakes I could never get the pedal to pump up more than an inch from the floor. The brakes grab but not until they go all the way down. I looked under the dash and it appears that the push rod does not make contact with the master cylinder right away. it seems to travel about an inch before making contact although I did not measure the exact distance.
Also the brake hoses are really close to the kingpin and on the driver side it rubs slightly.
Any help would be appreciated

19Fordy 06-28-2016 07:19 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

Please post photos. The person who did the previous work may have done a very poor job with incorrect parts.

Barlea 06-28-2016 09:06 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

Front wheel cylinders may be on the wrong side.

petehoovie 06-28-2016 09:59 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

DOT 3 or DOT 5 fluid???

Robz51 06-29-2016 09:03 AM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

I had terrible experience with DOT5 fluid. My brakes cylinders leaked and one drum locked up and the brake light switch went crazy before it failed. Problem is you have to replace all cylinders and flush the system to get it out.

LP 06-29-2016 04:39 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

I thought about that ... Ill try it soon. I know I put the correct one on according to the part number though. Thanks

LP 06-29-2016 04:40 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

I'm pretty sure it is Dot 3 fluid

LP 06-29-2016 04:43 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

I was still wondering about the travel in the brake rod though. I'll work on some of the suggestions soon Thanks to all LP

V8 Bob 06-29-2016 05:46 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

The (manual) system push rod normally is retained by a clip in the master cylinder piston, or the brake pedal has a return stop to keep the clearance around 1/16". Something on your car is not right, to have very excessive push rod clearance.

Big Red 51 06-30-2016 07:55 AM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

LP, I had the gap problem of about one inch and found that the M/C push rod plastic cap ( B5A-2142) was not on the MC end of the brake push rod. Fixed the problem. Got mine at C&G for $7.

Planojc 06-30-2016 09:04 AM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

adjust the shoes on each wheel with a brake spoon until you start to feel a drag. The adjustment opening is on the back side of the backing plate at the bottom. This will bring your pedal up.

59ab 07-01-2016 11:20 PM

Re: 53 ford brake pedal

I have owned 3 53 Fords. The rod that pushes the master cilinder is bolted to the brake petal. The head of the bolt has a shoulder that is off set from the rest of the bolt. By turning the hex head of the bolt this off set acts like a cam and pushes the rod in or out.
I do not think it will move the rod an inch. May be some one put the wrong rod on your car.
Hope this helps.

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