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Old 02-17-2017, 04:38 AM   #29
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I've been given a 1954 Ford station wagon and am thinking of using it as a tug for my LiteHouse. I've found a company that will build a hitch for it. I'm worried about the brakes in the wagon. They will be rebuilt before I try to tow but I worry that they won't be powerful enough to handle the added weight of the trailer. Thoughts?


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Studebaker has the same propblem so they brought out a product called the Turner Brake system which is a power brake assembly that can be mounted to the frame under the drivers seat, use this on cars until around 1963 Trucks all opted for the Turner Brake System as Studebaker Trucks never got PB or PDB.
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:29 AM   #30
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Larger tires & wheels would make her roll better,less rolling drag. Trailer brakes wolud make her stop more gooder!! Drain & flush trans & third member[rear end] refill with mobile one syn. Good stuff!! Flush rad & replace t-stat,160 or 180 degrees,engine cooling. I am prep'in '65 289 4sp.mustang will add 4 barrel carb. Power brakes. Riding on 16" bullittwheels. Hitch is custom,for wd set-up. Good luck and happy wrenching. Barney cone ii

I've thought a lot about putting larger wheels on the trailer. Because of the design of the wheel wells, I'd have to figure out a way to lift the trailer off the axel; perhaps welding spacers between the frame and axel.
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:32 AM   #31
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Studebaker has the same propblem so they brought out a product called the Turner Brake system which is a power brake assembly that can be mounted to the frame under the drivers seat, use this on cars until around 1963 Trucks all opted for the Turner Brake System as Studebaker Trucks never got PB or PDB.

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My first "car" was a Studebaker mail truck. Parts were very difficult to find but it was an awesome ride.
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My cassie has been raised 8" to get 35 gal. Of water & 30 gal. Of waste tanks on her under-belly,lower c.g.!! The axle is sq. Tube,as is chassis. Cut them a part and added vertical 3" steel channels x 16" long on each side of axle. Running cooper 285/75 x 17" lt tires on gt mustang bullitt wheels.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:48 AM   #33
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Stude; would that be a remote vacuum booster? My '43 International military model truck has the master cylinder under the driver side floorboard and the vacuum booster on the right frame rail. I think it is a Bendix unit.
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My first car was a 1954 Ford Victoria (two door hardtop).
Original brakes were totally inadequate and mine were not power brakes. Very easy to get brake fade when the fluid overheated.

No power steering so your arms will get built up.

But worse is the original V8 engines, 235 cu. inch as I recall, had a casting defect where the casting sand from the mold remained around number eight cylinder causing that cylinder to overheat causing the piston to crack.

The straight six was better for reliability.

So if you were to load down that old girl even with a light camper you might put a nail in the casket.
the 272 introduced in 1955 or the 292 in 1956 or even better the later 312 mentioned above that I think was in the Mercury.

An engine swap would be easily spotted by a purist because the later ones had a bigger timing chain and cover thatwould not allow the spacer between the water pump pulley and fan wouldn't fit.

Your picture brings back memory of my high school years.

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