Adler's Antique Autos, Inc.
Author of "Notes from the Corrosion Lab"
801 NY Route 43, Stephentown, NY 12168
(518) 733 - 5749 Email
by Bob Adler
Let's start with those pesky brake bleeder screws. The shop manuals euphemistically say “unscrew”. Don't get angry at the manual—it was written for the dealer's service department. They don't deal with rust, just the flat rate book. Now, at least 40 years later we need some new tricks to get the job done. If you can't get the bleeder screw to work, there's no point rebuilding the wheel cylinder. That's the first criterion for a rebuildable wheel cylinder.Some tips for loosening bleeders:
New bleeders are available in steel and even stainless steel for trouble free operation well into the next century. Anti-seize compound should also be used on the threads.
* Originally published in the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Inc.'s "Generator & Distributor", June 1990, v29, no. 6, p23.
Bob Adler is owner of Adler's Antique