Originally Posted by IndyAnne
I need help identifying this thing on the frame of this 1957
California made Overlander. Is it a braking system, with a master cylinder? Seller does not know anything about it. To get the trailer home, I need brakes, or arrange for a hauler.
Any advice would be welcome, or please point me in the right direction ...
That's the old "slave" cylinder that was attached to the rear braking system of the tow vehicle.
It was outlawed when the auto industry went to the "split" braking system on tow vehicles. What it did was rob brake fluid from the rear brakes of the tow vehicle, to the degree that the tow vehicle no longer had brakes on the rear axle, not to mention the trailer had no brakes either.
Your best bet is to have the trailer hauled wherever you want, and then upgrade the braking system to all electric.