My little MG TD has a massive brake master cylinder. It’s actually a reservoir and a cylinder and they look like one sausage on top of another. On the top it has a shiny metal plug that has filling instructions cast right into it. The name “Lockheed” stands out along the side in raised letters and there’s a rather long part number stamped there, too. A big rod comes out the front, passing through a thick, corrugated rubber boot. On the end is a big square clamp that hooks to the pedal. The darned thing is 60 years old, but with some wire wheel work and a new coat of implement paint it looks like new. I left the plug, rod, clamp and pipe in bare metal and sprayed them with clear lacquer. The whole thing looks so much better than a modern plastic master cylinder that it’s amazing. Those modern ones look like soap dispensers or some kind of weird kitchen appliance. My old one looks like a piece of industrial art. No wonder working on old cars is so darn cool.
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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