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Adding Power Brakes to a Dinosaur of a Suburban

Dino Stop!

Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

If you are familiar with our fossilized 1970 Chevrolet Suburban Project Vehicle known as Dino the Dinosaur then you will probably remember that our goal with this project has been to preserve Dino for the future. Not to restore Dino, or make Dino into the most capable three-door Suburban ever, but rather to make Dino better at what Dino does.

We have refreshed Dino’s suspension, added some new (and slightly larger tires), cleaned up the interior, and upgraded the fuel system on the 350 V-8 to factory GM TBI. We also added power steering and limited-slip differentials, chromoly rear axles, and disc brakes to a newer open-knuckle Dana 44 front axle. Since that last upgrade Dino has been resting (summer in Arizona can be a downright painful time to drive a classic SUV without A/C), but one aspect of Dino-ology has gone backwards rather than forwards. Once we switched Dino from drum brakes up front to discs, the old drum brake master cylinder gave up the ghost. Something inside the master failed and brake fluid began to leak.

Luckily there are upgrades available to Dino to make the brakes that much safer and more reliable. With a CPP master and booster (PN 6772-CT, $299 plus shipping) from our friends at Truckin’ Krazy Truck Parts of Mesa, Arizona, and a little elbow grease, Dino is back to stopping better than ever. Check out the install, including some tips and tricks to make everything a bit easier.