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DO NOT TRUST BTV
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Mathew Rattray
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Hi all,

This issue has been raised time & time again... DO NOT TRUST Bendix Treadle Vac. I got my unit rebuilt about 8 months ago and coming down a hill today (Friday 13th) the unthinkable happened, yes they failed, have a look at the attached pics, I don't know about you but I will never be driving a car with BTV. May I saw I am lucky to be alive.

I know what Eric will say ... "Told you so"

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Posted on: 2009/11/13 4:29
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Re: DO NOT TRUST BTV
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Posted on: 2009/11/13 5:15
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Yikes! Matthew

Posted on: 2009/11/13 5:25
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Re: DO NOT TRUST BTV
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May I ask Who rebuilt it? If you don't want to post it online then please PM me - thank you.

Posted on: 2009/11/13 5:54
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Re: DO NOT TRUST BTV
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Randy, I got the unit rebuilt over here in Australia, but a local guy who has rebuilt them in the past. He is quite knowledgeable and checked the unit thoroughly and replaced all the parts. The unit had been in the car for about 8 months since installing it and hadn't failed me until today.

Posted on: 2009/11/13 6:09
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Packard34

You have my full condolence for this misfoturne and my understanding for disenchanment.

Can u give us some details as to what happened?????

Did the brake pedal simply go to the floor with NO brake effect whatsoever???

Did pumping the brake pedal serve no brake effect???

Are u willing to to do some dissassembly to analyze why it failed????

I noticed the left front wheel apears to be broken off at the king pin???????

It would be most beneficial to everyone, including yourself if we can determine exactly what went wrong with hte unit.

Is it possible that perhaps a brake hose or brake line ruptured?????

One thing is for sure. We certainly don't want this to happen again so precise determination of exactly WHAT PIECE in the system failed is critical to keeping such a beautiful Caribbean from any further mishaps as major as this one that just occured.

Posted on: 2009/11/13 7:47
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first, i am sorry for the misfortune and i am glad you are okay.

but, i can't help but wonder....why did you not pull the e-brake to stop the car?

Posted on: 2009/11/13 10:36
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He ..........replaced all the parts.

Cars can be replaced and people can't, so first and foremost, glad you're OK. Unless your TV rebuilder actually manufactured some parts, it's unlikely that he replaced ALL of them as there are quite a few parts that are not included in rebuild kits and not necessarily readily available. That's a good reason to use a rebuilder who actually makes the key parts.

Like others, we'd like to hear some follow-up on just exactly what caused the failure.

Posted on: 2009/11/13 10:52
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Re: DO NOT TRUST BTV
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I've said it before and I'll say it again right here:

The BTV is a fatal accident waiting to happen!

Some of you guys can post-mortem the particular failure mode all you want. That will not change the fact that there is only one real solution: replace the damn thing with something else! There are at least 5 different aftermarket setups used by members of this forum. If you still have a BTV, you really have no excuse.

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Posted on: 2009/11/13 12:05
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Re: DO NOT TRUST BTV
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replace the damn thing with something else! There are at least 5 different aftermarket setups used by members of this forum. If you still have a BTV, you really have no excuse.


Until somebody puts a kit together with brackets/booster/master cylinder/hardware etc. the BTV will continue it attempted murder spree without remorse. It is much like the '55-'56 Oil pump retrofit fix. If there was a kit with plate/pump/hardware/ etc. everyone would have one.

Posted on: 2009/11/13 12:25
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