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Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:39 am
by Esteban
richw wrote:Teething problems.
The brake servo failed today.
It's not a show stopper, just back to the old Patrol days I remember that requires standing on the pedal!
If anyone has any leads on a replacement or spare parts please let me know.


It looks like the master cylinder has been leaking and that the reason for the paint gone. Are you sure the servo is bad also? Is it not holding any vacuum at all?

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:52 pm
by richw
Aye, the booster is totally shot.
The brake fluid it ingested when the master cylinder seals failed must have compromised it's inner works.
I had to drain a good pint of brake fluid out of it when I took it apart.
I have now plugged the vacuum pipe with a 1/2" drill bit and I'm back to non servo braking.
At least the engine does not try to stall now when I press the brake pedal.
I'll live with this for a while but will be sending the servo to Hanon Classic Brakes for a rebuild.

https://harmonclassicbrakes.com/

I could order a kit and have a go myself but good brakes are very important to me where my daily drive is up and over a 1500' 'mountain'.
My father always told me 'brakes are cheaper than gearboxes', wise words!

The new soft top canvas went on today, pics to follow.

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:48 pm
by richw
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New Canvas!

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:21 pm
by Esteban
Beautiful work!

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:52 pm
by Edgar
Love it!!

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:58 pm
by richw
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Final brush strokes now.
A visit to Phillip who is a master canvas man.
I had sourced the military grade material and he did his magic.
All but 2 original clasps were re-used, Irma took the missing ones!
The white webbing piping is better than the original around the bends.
I have worked with Phillip for over 25yrs in the marine trade, when I asked him to help me with the Patrol he was all over it.
Beautiful work and attention to detail, he respected what I had done and matched the job!
He used all the original bolt ropes which slid easily into the tracks.

It looks like we will have soon-to-be hurricane Jerry on the warpath by Friday so I'm not removing the servo yet.
I have a bolt hole in a warehouse that survived Irma...I'm not taking any chances!
It seems that any small disturbance in the Atlantic can blossom into a hurricane these days.
Scary but true.

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:16 am
by Esteban
Fantastic job! :clap: :clap: :clap: Your Patrol is looking great!

Congratulations as well to Phillip for such a good job. :bow-yellow: :bow-yellow:

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:00 am
by RiverPatrol
Looks amazing. Phillip did your soft top proud. 8-)

Best of luck with the latest weather.

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:49 pm
by richw
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OK, after a month with 'Big Old Blue' disabled we are finally back in business. Harmon Classic Brakes provided a great service rebuilding the booster. I tried to find another on e bay but settled for sorting out the original. They had the kit, so why not!
I also found a replacement bottom hose. It didn't have the heater hose hole but it was marked where it should go so that was easy with a 5/8" wood bit. Just had to be a bit careful not to go thro to the other side!
With brakes and cooling it was a pleasure to drive around the island.
That was after persuading Max, our one-eyed ginger pirate cat, that his home of late was on the move!
Got to say I'm loving the brakes, I'm even going down steep hills in 2nd chanting 'brakes are cheaper than transmissions' to myself!

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:09 pm
by richw
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So here's the pirate cat!
Other pics show a manual throttle advance system.
It's completely separate to the choke but it has the same knob.
I don't really use it unless I want a fast idle to warm up the engine...anyone else seen this?

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:26 pm
by Esteban
richw wrote:[attachment=1]
So here's the pirate cat!
Other pics show a manual throttle advance system.
It's completely separate to the choke but it has the same knob.
I don't really use it unless I want a fast idle to warm up the engine...anyone else seen this?


Glad to hear the rebuild of the brake booster. Good decision!

Regarding the manual throttle, every Patrol of the 60 & 160 series like yours has come with it. There are occasions that it does come handy.

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:20 pm
by richw
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what a joy to report no issues to deal with, I have been driving around our 15 mile long island with a big grin!
I've decided the exhaust is a bit too loud but that's about it.
Happy days!

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:49 pm
by Esteban
Beautiful photos! The whole collection captures the joy of your family with the Patrol.

Tha B&W photo of your daughter can win a contest!!!

Re: Post Hurricane IRMA brake and body work!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:28 am
by RiverPatrol
So great to know your Patrol is serving you well. I don't know that you can do much about the exhaust, they all tend to be pretty throaty.

The B&W photo of your daughter is priceless. :romance-heart: