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Old 07-06-2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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1957 question: is this a brake system?

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 ...

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Old 07-06-2010, 11:10 PM   #2
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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 ...

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Anne
Anne.

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.

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answered my own question

Should have been more persistent in my searching the forums: here's a thread about the same thing

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f439...tml#post819257

old hydraulic brake that tied into the tow vehicle's brakes

looks like my 57 Overlander recovery trip will include a brake job first thing

recovery checklist is growing

flatbed trailer hauler is sounding more attractive with each passing day
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Just a comment -my experience is more with the surge type hydraulic braking systems found on some older large boat trailers. The lever mechanism (in both pictures) is the break-away link to stop a trailer using a hydraulic system if it separates from the TV - just like the breakaway switch on the electric brake systems. This link was/is connected to the TV with a small chain which also breaks after the brake system is activated. With all that said, this is not a safe system - have the TV transported.
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Good advice

Thanks, Mike and Andy --
Hauling vs towing is going to be the better choice for sure.
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