Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston north side
Re: power vs manual brakes
My personal experience with using manual front disc brakes is from conversions I did on a '55 Chevy a few years back and on my '66 300. I also will be doing one soon on my '46 Stude.
Neither manual system required a whole lot of pressure to stop the car normally, or to lock up the brakes. Yes, a little more effort than power assisted brakes is required, but any 6 year old has enough leg power to use power brakes, so it isn't like night and day on the pedal effort required IF the system has the right parts.
My other reason for going with manual disc up front is to get rid of that huge, unsightly, space-robbing, engine bay cluttering, vacuum leak causing brake booster. Personally can't stand them, but this is from someone who owns a driver, not a super nice correctly restored car. If I had one of those, I would restore it as is supposed to be.
1966 Chevelle 300 2dr Sedan
385, Flat Top Hypers, Performer RPM, S.M.I. 750 Q-Jet, 72cc Dart Platinum 200cc runners, U.D. Harold 223/233 112 LSA Cam, 700-R4, PS, Manual Disc Brakes, AC, Hedman headers with 2-1/2" exhaust.
1946 Studebaker Coupe- street gasser finally underway!