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    So I am ordering a replacement master cylinder and stoplight switch but there are two types for each. One for power brakes and the other for manual brakes. Which does the 63 thunderbird have? I know theres a brake booster behind my master cylinder but which application is necessary, power or manual? Im seeing these items on [www.partsamerica.com]

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    RE: Master cylinder and stoplight switch

    All Ford/Thunderbird stoplight switches are the same from 1958 to 1964. No difference between power and manual.

    All master cylinders for Thunderbirds from 1961-64 are the same: 7/8 inch diameter.

    Alexander
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    Alexander
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      RE: Master cylinder and stoplight switch

      Great thanks a lot! You're the man alexander!!:7

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        I realize that this is an old thread, but looked like a good place to start.

        As part of the "resto-mod" to my recently acquired '63 'Bird, I would like to upgrade the brakes. They are currently stock POWER Brakes (Drums/Drums) with a SINGLE Reservoir master cylinder. I would like to upgrade to a DUAL RESERVOIR system. I don't plan to upgrade to Disc.

        Would greatly appreciate any recommendations re what year/model master cylinder would "best" fit/work, and any other comments and opinions if anyone else has experience (good or bad) with this particular mod/upgrade.

        texastomeh

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        • #5
          If you are not upgrading to disc, I would not recommend that you get a dual master cylinder, as there is none designed specifically designed for your car. You may find that your rear brakes lock up before your front brakes with a dual master cylinder setup. Dual Master cylinders are not fool-proof. I have had several fail over the years, resulting in no pedal pressure.

          If you want a secure setup on your car. Resleeve your master cylinder with brass or stainless steel. http://www.whitepost.com/brake.html offers such a solution. Get stainless steel lines and new brake hoses. Get new brake cylinders or have them resleeved. Your chance of brake failure will be very low. All these parts can be obtained form T-Bird vendors. The brake lines are prebent and fit right in.
          Alexander
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          • #6
            Alexander,

            Thanx for the response!!

            I am in the process of replacing the wheel cylinders, hoses and hardlines.

            I think I may just rebuid the existing single reservoir MC - at least for the present time.

            Thanx again!!

            texastomeh

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