How do you put power brakes on a 1963 dodge dart?

Asked by 63DartGT Mar 26, 2013 at 05:18 PM about the 1963 Dodge Dart

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You can't go around changing braking systems. If something happens and your insurance company finds out, you get to pay. Lots of money for a very long time. That is if you survive.


Are you sure you don't already have power brakes? My 63 GT had power brakes from the factory. If not then the first thing you need to check to see if your current master cylinder has 1 or 2 brake lines on it, if it has 2 then you still might be able to buy a complete master cylinder/brake booster assembly from a parts house for your same year, when you get the unit check all of your clearances, brake pedal rod length and so on, follow the directions in the package on how to bench bleed the master cylinder, install the unit,then all you will have to do is hookup a manifold vacuum supply to the booster, possibly adapt the fittings, bleed the entire brake system, now road test the vehicle, if you have a problem with any of the front or rear brakes locking up too soon you may need to install an adjustable proportioning valve. Just remember you have went from manual brakes to power brakes so the pedal will respond a lot quicker, drive it carefully until you get use to the feel. Good Luck

You'll have to examine the dimension spindle to spindle, go to pickNpull and find an appropriate donor with disc brakes...if ball joint- to-ball joint dimension is the same would certainly take a whack at pulling the master cylinder with booster check the bolt face and replace....with any luck there will be a sure-footed transfer- simply pipe the rear to the rear circuit, the front to the calipers...done~ look at the geometry here the a-frames and pivot points must all make sense- thinkin a 78 volare as your donor- tell me if you are going to do a point of curiousity...needs to be done, but how? you are going to show us how.


This is scary that you're even contemplating doing this. Just trade in the old girl for a modern car with power brakes and ABS.

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or sell the old girl...if she'll fetch a good $$


Keep the car. People who tell you otherwise have no clue how easy it is to do. It depends on how far you want to go, too, as to how much work it is. If you want to add power brakes to your existing single-circuit manual 4 wheel drum brakes, it is very easy indeed. You will nee the booster and master cylinder plus vacuum fittings. Pull the old cylinder, and install the new parts. Easy as pie. To upgrade to the dual master cylinder, use the master cylinder and booster from a 69 - 72 Dart/Valiant. For a complete upgrade, your best bet is to get a kit. because the Barracuda was the same car, a conversion kit is readily available. One supplier is Stainless Steel Brakes. The other option is to get the entire system from a donor 69-72 Dart or Valiant, including the proportioning valve and spindles. Just make sure the rear wheel bolt pattern matches the new front brakes, and you will be just fine. You may find that the rear axle bolt pattern is different, in which case, you may have to change the rear axles or the whole axle assembly, and that is where the donor car can come in very handy. Do NOT use the donor parts from 73 or newer unless you do plan to change the bolt pattern on both ends. The 73-76 Darts and Valiants did use a different bolt pattern.

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thanks Michael, you have NO idea how valuable this knowledge is!


I grew up learning to drive on a 72 Dodge Dart sedan with 4 wheel drum brakes. My first car, a 69 Pontiac Acadian, did as well, and that was my daily driver until December 84. 4 wheel drums work well, within their limits. Trouble is that the limits are rather low, and with today's traffic, just not up to the job. I did trust single systems, too. I have helped several people figure out how to upgrade various car.

It has to be a hobby and a passion and no amount of money matters if you've got exactly what you've always wanted~ Done a bunch of old cars and usually made due with Wisconsin level rust vehicles~ Welding a washer to the rust, and bolting to the washer was done more than once as my job at RPM automotive on 35th and Silver Spring in Milwaukee 1984- mostly a tire buddy, learned how to spin balance and work the tire machine and tools, they had me repacking wheel bearings and cleaning the shop there, a Datsun maxima, the first generation, because a customer let loose the waterpump into the radiator and didn't have the money to fix it....that was a cool car with independant rear suspension...would kinda squat down when you gunned it..very odd-

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