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Vander55 09-12-2013 08:43 PM

1959 cj5
Hi new to the forum , first jeep for me but have had all sorts of hot rods ,4x4 trucks etc . This CJ 5 has a small block chevy conversion , with I think stock diffs and a Toyota trans/transfer. The body of course has issues and quite a bit of bondo from first glance. The motor had two spun rod brgs and a broken piston skirt, so pretty much a boat anchor .The wiring is a disaster as well as no brakes , a whole bunch of terrible construction by the previous owner/ builder?

My 10 year old believes it will be his and is working hard on it scraping parts . I have another motor and can fab most of the mounts etc that we will need.

My most pressing question at the moment is what you guys are using to convert the master cylinder to a dual reservoir type , can you do this and still use the stock pedal??Any ideas would help



jeepdaddy2000 09-12-2013 10:53 PM

Yes you can. You can use a 72-75 dual for drums MC. I believe hermtheoverdriveguy has a conversion bracket to get the MC under the floorplates. you will have to split the system front and rear (easy) and install a three way brass block in the front brake system to accommodate the light pressure switch.

willp07 09-13-2013 12:42 AM

As another early 5 owner, I recommend ditching the floor pedals for a swinging unit from 72 up cjs or xj work well. Ditch the stock heater then you can have power brakes and hydraulic clutch, and get a summit heater they work better anyways. Ive done the dual herm mc and advance adapters clutch linkage, works but having power brakes and a hydraulic clutch is much better.

hotrod351 09-13-2013 05:58 AM

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my setup is similar to yours. i installed a rebuilt mc 20 years ago and have never had any problems with stopping. the best thing you can do for these old jeep is power steering, not that hard to do.

colojeepguy 09-13-2013 06:08 AM

Another option for frame mounted dual master cyl.

Some good info here-

Vander55 09-13-2013 10:19 PM

Great info , thanks guys . Pressure washed the frame and transfer case etc today, off to work tomorrow


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