My '64 Cadillac DeVille had been sitting for awhile while I was travelling this summer and when I came home it had some issues starting. After replacing the plugs and the ignition coil, it was running better than it had in a long time but the brakes were sticking. I noticed the brake pedal was traveling a little farther than usual when slowing down. Soon after I noticed a hissing noise coming from around the brake pedal. Then I lost the brakes pretty much completely. I couldn't find any leaks from the brake lines or the master cylinder when I took a look around. Is my master cylinder the culprit, or does anybody have any ideas on what to do next? Is it possible I cracked the brake line removing the plugs?

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Comment by Jason Edge on December 5, 2018 at 7:40pm

It is odd how The Blog made a comeback! We all seemed to be using the Forums (i.e. General, 63/64 Specific, Restoration, etc.) then in the last few month it seems everyone is finding their way to the old Blogs. Even yesterday after removing Blog from the drop down under Forums, (which I had left to help find things not on the Help Page) I still see people posting new Blog entries! 

My gut instinct would be if I came to the 63/64 Cadillac site home page, looked at the header, and wanted to discuss something my eyes would be drawn to Forums. If you click on the link and then click +Add, and do not select any of the 8 discussion forums,  it will default to 63/64 Cadillac Specific discussion.  I must be missing something! LOL

Comment by Christopher Codd on December 5, 2018 at 4:44pm

Thanks Jason, I'll post in the discussion forums from now on. Hope your recovery is going well after the surgery. 

Comment by Jason Edge on December 4, 2018 at 7:33pm

I took Blogs off the drop down option from the menu and existing Blogs are still there, but you can still get to and create a Blog if you are at an existing Blog.

Everyone use the Discussion Forums instead of Blogs.  

Comment by Jason Edge on December 4, 2018 at 7:27pm

Chris, It is because it is a Blog. I wish there was a way to turn off Blogs without losing the tons of info originally posted. A Blog (web log) just a running post of things and pop up at the top as posted. Forum's are much better as they provide chronological posting and nested forums. Blogs are just a linear "throw it out there and see what is up next" type format.
For those wanting to start a new discussion topic I would strongly suggest that you post as one of our tailored Discussion Forums seen below and steer clear of using the Blog feature other than to read what is already out there.

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Comment by Christopher Codd on December 4, 2018 at 1:51pm

No idea why this blog is posting in order of newest post first, which can make it slightly weird to read through. For anybody wanting to replace their booster and master cylinder, I just wanted to mention that the Delco and Bendix do not mate well without spacers between the booster and master cylinder. The brakes kept overheating and sticking to the point where there was no pedal, but luckily I found a classic car mechanic who knew exactly what it was. A few spacers between the master cylinder and the booster was all it took. Don't mix and match these parts if you're able to. I didn't have a choice as it was all I could find available. 

Comment by Christopher Codd on October 18, 2018 at 2:57pm

Times like these, I wish I had a lift to put the car on. The weird thing is the brake pedal seem to move more in the morning and after driving the car all day the pedal seems to have less and less travel which is what made me think it was some sort of vacuum issue, but I wouldn't really know without driving somebody else's car. 

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 18, 2018 at 11:38am
Going over the brake adjustment on all the wheels could improve your brake peddle travel
If you have the self adjusters on the wheels and they are working as they should be you might just try to drive backwards a few car lengths and hit the brakes hard
Do that 2 or 3 times to see if the peddle travel is reduced some
That will adjust the brake shoes
The key is weather the brake adjusters --are working correctly

You are very welcome

Enjoy ( or you are doing something wrong ! )
Comment by Christopher Codd on October 18, 2018 at 10:10am

Thanks Tony! I was worried there was something wrong with them, but I guess my brakes never worked the way they were supposed to. My brake booster must have been leaking for a long long time. 

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 17, 2018 at 11:03pm
The brake peddle should be -hard as a rock at the bottom of its travel -unlike ABS brakes
I think my peddle travel is aprox about half of what yours is

Enjoy
Comment by Christopher Codd on October 17, 2018 at 5:13pm

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