I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Manual brakes on CJ
When the wife and I got together, I tried teaching her to drive a stick, which, of course, was in my old Scout II with power brakes. Well, she stalled it (in 4L), and we started rolling backwards. I told her to press on the pedal really hard as it had power brakes and took a little more to stop. Well, she couldn't stop the Scout at all. I mean (imagine this), she had both feet on the brake pedal and was putting so much pressure on it she wasn't sitting in the seat anymore. She had both hands on the bottom of the steering wheel and was diagonal to the ground, crying the whole time. I couldn't stop laughing. She asked what to do, so I told her to put it in reverse and pop the clutch, which she did. She refused to drive it after that (smart woman, but only because it was a rolling POS) and is still scared of power brakes to this day.
My Scrambler has manual brakes (front disc though), and I like them just fine. Easy to work on, easy to diagnose, and stopping doesn't seem to be a problem, but it's a PITA to get back up to speed afterwards.
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205 twinstick/7"Lift/33"TSL's/IHC D44's 4.10's Lock'd