A few years ago I installed Texas T disc brakes on my '24 touring with standard rear axle, and am very pleased with them. I have a Ruckstell in the garage, but have not taken it apart yet. I've been thinking diving into it for quite a while, I just need to get started. I'm wondering if anyone has installed a Ruckstell with the disc brakes, and if so, how did you deal with the shift lever mount? The disc brake master cylinder mounts on the U-joint housing, the same location for the Ruckstell shifter. Is it best to use a shift lever conversion to the parking brake slot? Are there any other issue I should expect to encounter? Lastly, is there any value in using safety hubs with the disc brakes? Thanks guys.
A left side shifter conversion sounds good. Not sure if absolutely needed, but someone here would have tried it and know
There is less of a need for safety hubs with discs, since the caliper would stop the axle from coming out if it breaks inside the housing. A break right where the axle goes into the hub may still cause a lost wheel, but the risk is reduced.
Steve -- I have a Ruckstell with Texas T discs on my '21 Runabout. It has the left-hand shifter from Snyder's. It all works together just fine. You can see the car (pickup) in my profile pic.
I just did this conversion. Works great and is easy to do. I used safety hubs on my set up. Also, I used the center shift.
Pat, can you post some pictures? Thanks!
Thanks guys, glad to hear it works with either shifter location. I have a center shifter, but I like the idea of having it off to the left side to make it easier to get in/out. Are there any negatives to having it on the left?
I have a left shifter. No negatives. Makes it much easier to work the throttle as you shift. I used a brake control minus the ratchet for mine.
Mark, here are a couple of pictures. Everything fit real good.
A couple of years ago I added front brakes to my Ruckstell equipped 27 roadster. To accomplish this I designed and had cut out some brackets with a "tail " to accept the brake system. I m not home for a couple of weeks, but could send you a picture then and a cost, or you can just copy the concept
Les, are pictures available? I'd like to see your set up.
Sure when I get home
Great info, thanks guys. keep the photos coming!
Les I would really like to see what you have done, I am going to put wheel brakes on my car, haven't made a choice yet as I'm new to this, but I want brakes! Just got the rear back under the car today so a trial run tomorrow close to home.