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So after dealing with spongy brakes and reading all about it here on the forum I decided I needed to take some time and give my brakes a little attention on my '78. I have always done my brakes on my motorcycles with disc brakes so I thought maybe I could handle drums on the camino. As you all know this did not quite go according to plan, just like most projects and so for your enjoyment and entertainment I will expand on my Saturday morning/day/evening/night. Enjoy

11am- visit local auto store in search of new master cylinder, brake fluid, bleed kit, and confidence.
11:10- cylinder not in stock, will be delivered at 3pm, buy fluid, bleed kit, car wash(since this will be a quick project) and return home.
11:30- move car to center of garage, arrange tools, remove jack from cargo area "just in case", open hood.
3pm- back to auto store, inspect cylinder, purchase, small talk with cashier, leave.
3:15 visit grocery store for beer, buy a six pack still thinking "this will be a short project".
3:30 disconnect brakes lines from old cylinder, clean up drips, seal lines with latex caps to prevent leaks and dirt. Drain old cylinder. Open beer 1.
3:45- try to disconnect, boots rusted, smash knuckles into engine block after finally breaking the nut. Curse. wipe off blood. Finish beer 1. Remove second nut, delicately.
4:05- open beer 2. Remove old master cylinder, trash it.
4:15- begin bench bleed new master cyl.
4:35- knock over new master cylinder after being too aggressive with the plunging of cylinder end. Brake fluid everywhere. Curse. Clean. Beer 2. Start again.
5:00pm- check watch, "I should be done by now". Install new master cylinder. Door to door salesman walks up, startles me, curse, ignore, hide under hood. Wipe tools to avoid conversation. I need beer 3.
5:30- move to rear wheels to begin brake line flush. Where the heck is the bleeder? Check forum, they say it's there. Find it, right above axle, great.
6:00- jack up car- remove passenger rear wheel. Rig up brake catching fluid rig from deep socket, water bottle, electrical tape.
6:15- "helper" ( wife) leaves for dinner with friends. Solo job is probably better anyway.
Open bleeder, rig fails, brake fluid all over axle. Curse. Close bleeder. Beer 4. Try again.
6:40- attempt gravity bleed.
6:50- is gravity broken? Stare at bottle rig.
6:55- gravity works!
7:15- gravity bleed
7:30 gravity bleed
7:45 gravity bleed still. Seriously? Checks master cylinder, fluid is actually leaving, about as fast as trees grow.
8:20 bleed done. 1 wheel down, 3 to go. Beer 5.
8:25- replace wheel, bring car down, move jack, lift car up remove driver rear wheel
8:40- dinner, cold BBQ. Disappointing.
9:00- " helper " returns. Asks if I'm done. Obviously yes, this car only needed 3 wheels anyway.
9:05- helper agrees to work the brakes for remaining bleeds. Go over protocol 4 times. Beer 6. No more beers.
9:20- begin partner bleed, complete 3 cycles. Cycle 4, brake fluid sprays onto shirt, curse, cylinder blown, bad seal.
9:45- rush to auto parts store before close at 10pm, buy cylinder.
10:00- read forum on taking apart drum.
10:15 try to take apart drum. Succeed. Try to remove shoes. Fail.
10:30- try to remove shoes again. Fail. Wheres that beer? Gone. It's obvious I don't have the necessary tools or skill for this. Ponder trying anyway.
10:50- try to remove spring again, bend it. Curse. Pout. Wish I had a beer, 6 pack my butt.
11:00- quit. Hang head. Install wheel. Close garage.
Midnight- sleep

Sunday 10am- visit garage, stare at car, shake head, leave.
1pm- visit garage again, shake head, curse under breath, leave.

Monday- 8am- coax car to shop 1 mile away. Sigh before walking into office. Explain what happened and needs to be done.
2pm- phone call from shop- $500 bill- see new interior vanish before eyes. New cylinders, shoes, flush, and of course loads of labor.

These brakes better work darn good! A least I'll be safe now. Here is to the do-it yourselfers and failed projects.
 

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Just caught this thread. Thanks texas78. I haven't laughed that hard since I changed my front drums to disc and added a power booster.
It took me a 12pack:nanawrench:
 

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That was a great yarn,have you considered writing a book:You_Rock: I feel your pain though,i had a similar experience replacing axles in mine a while ago.
 

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I want to make a T-shirt with this timeline on it. I don't think there is a man who has owned a classic who hasn't had a similar experience but I love how you detailed it
 

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Saw a pink t-shirt the other day that said "Don't laugh. This is your wifes shirt."
 

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thanks guys, i hoped i wasn't the only one who had a project crash and burn like that. stops great now though, no thanks to me.

i'd be down for a shirt too, either variety
 

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my fav part was "is gravity broken?" I fell off chair laughing.

be glad the drums weren't rusted on, you'd have had to come up with another chapter.

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..well,heck,there your problem,not enough beer,next time those guys at the counter tells ya,"yeah,man,one six pack and your done"..Take that factor and multiply that by 5 and that how many six packs you really need..why 5.??..easy,four wheel cyl. and a master cyl. (one six-pak per wheel/master cyl. is the rule of thumb.):shock:
j/k
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