Long story short, I am supposed to drive this bus from Michigan to Salt Lake City, Utah beginning June 2nd.
It's pretty flat most of the way, but I will need the brakes more and more as I pass through Colorado.
This wee little plastic switch broke off the side of my master cylinder.
that's why the brakes stopped working. Pedal hard as a rock. The threaded section remained in the MC, and I can't get it out. The brake lines are pretty well permanently rusted to the whole darn thing. They will need to be cut. I could splice it back together with more hardline later, if need be, using a flaring tool, bender, and fittings. I have done it once, on my Jeep. Seems like I could do it again.
Here is the ugly beast though.
Yeah, everything looks like that. Rust is holding the rust together. On a good note, the floor is pretty solid.
Just the booster is around $200 on eBay. I don't know what to look for regarding the master cylinder. There is no tag, or anything to tell me what the chassis of this bus is, so that doesn't help.
The way I see it, I have two options:
- 1.Pull the entire brake booster/master cylinder and replace. I would need to replace some of the hard line as well, because it would require cutting them. could I get some flexible line to make up the difference? Is it worth it? I could simply get some short hard lines and bend them up, around, and put them back onto the original hard lines where I can, using a flaring tool, bending tool, etc. I could probably get a used brake system at a big truck salvage place in Grand Rapids. Otherwise, I would buy new. I don't know what that would cost.
2.Take it somewhere, make it a headache for somebody else. I don't have enough money for this, not even close. I would end up putting it on a credit card, which I am loathe to do. I may need that cushion for fuel. And food.
Help me decide. If I go with option one, I will not be able to move the bus if I fail. If I go with two, I can drive it to the shop, using the hand brake. That still works.