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fitting a remote brake servo
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Lanchester 1953



Joined: 05 May 2016
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:32 pm    Post subject: fitting a remote brake servo Reply with quote

I was thinking of fitting a remote brake servo to my lanchester, how do they fit and where can I get one, all information welcome please.
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kevin2306



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Location: nr Llangollen, north wales

PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got mine from here

http://www.powertrackbrakes.co.uk/parts.html

Really good quality, be careful as there are some dreadful cheap copies out there.
Mine was a simple fit, pipe out of the master cyl to the unit and another from the unit back to the master cylinder. That just leaves the vacuum iPod from a take off at the manifold etc.
Speak with powertrack, they are a mine of info.

Kev
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Peter_L



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Location: New Brunswick. Canada.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years back........... I fitted one to my Dad's 1500cc 105E, quite straightforward and excellent result.
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Farmer John



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Location: Manawatu NZ

PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:38 pm    Post subject: lanchester servo Reply with quote

Hi. You will need to check that yours does not have mechanical brakes on the rear.
John
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Lanchester 1953



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: lanchester servo Reply with quote

Farmer John wrote:
Hi. You will need to check that yours does not have mechanical brakes on the rear.
John
Oh dear I have! or at least I suppose so, what difference does that make?
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jp928



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brake boosters powered by vacuum only work on hydraulic brakes, so if your brakes are not all hydraulic, fitting a booster would only boost the front brakes. This would most likely give you unbalanced braking, and it would be difficult to correct IMHO. Some older cars used a mechanical servo, driven off the rear of the gearbox, that helped you push the pedal down - RR and Hispano-Suiza come to mind. RR used these up into the 50s at least.

I would ask why you want to get more stopping power? Are you sure that everything related is in very good condition? I once had a car (Rover P2, 47) with Girling pull rod brakes, and found I had to deglaze, roughen the linings several times a year to keep the brakes in tip-top condition.

jp
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Lanchester 1953



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jp928 wrote:
Brake boosters powered by vacuum only work on hydraulic brakes, so if your brakes are not all hydraulic, fitting a booster would only boost the front brakes. This would most likely give you unbalanced braking, and it would be difficult to correct IMHO. Some older cars used a mechanical servo, driven off the rear of the gearbox, that helped you push the pedal down - RR and Hispano-Suiza come to mind. RR used these up into the 50s at least.

I would ask why you want to get more stopping power? Are you sure that everything related is in very good condition? I once had a car (Rover P2, 47) with Girling pull rod brakes, and found I had to deglaze, roughen the linings several times a year to keep the brakes in tip-top condition.

jp
I am getting old and have knee problems, a little help would be nice.
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jp928



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can suggest there is, at the next opportunity, get softer linings fitted (if there are softer available), and ensure that all linkages are in good condition and set angles are optimal. With mixed hydraulic/mechanical brakes there is not much to be done- have been here with a Rover P3.

jp
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