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Date registered: Aug 2012
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brake booster substitute?
Hello, newbie here. I've got a 1963 220S that I have been rehabilitating with my son. The car has done very well but there is a persistent problem with the brakes. I have isolated the problem to a leaking gasket and-or diaphragm in the booster. (Every other month the brake pedal goes soft and the next time we start the car there is a large white cloud of smoke.) We refill the reservoir and bleed the brakes and the car is good for another couple of months. But this is no way to drive a car.
From what I have been able to determine, there are no more rebuild kits and a new or rebuilt booster cost nearly as much as what I paid for the car.
I am no purist so I was wondering if I couldn't just put in a booster from a different car. There is plenty of room and because this is a remote booster, there would be no messing around with the master cylinder. Has this been done?
What donor car would you recommend?
Thanks and I appreciate your advice,