How-To Articles

How To Bleed a Brake System, and Bench Bleeding the Master Cylinder

September 14th, 2018

In this video series we show how to bench bleed a master cylinder, and how to the bleed the entire brake system after the master cylinder is in place.

1967-69 Chevrolet Camaro Tubular Control Arms How-To Installation

January 9th, 2018

The crew over at are doing a make-over on this Chevy Camaro’s suspension & brakes.  This will be a huge performance improvement with all around better handling, not to mention a much safer ride.  When looking for parts and advice on the project, they knew to call us at Performance Online. We’re the suspension more…

How-To Add Power Steering & Tilt Column For 1960-66 Chevy Trucks

January 8th, 2018

The tech center over at Classic Trucks put together a great How-To series working on their ’64 Chevy C10 pickup. Of course they came to Performance Online for expert advice when starting the C10 build.  Our staff at Performance Online listened to the long-term goals for the project and outlined a clear path for them more…

Upgrading Suspension & Brakes for 1963-1972 Chevy Trucks

November 30th, 2017

Hot Rod Network set out to upgrade the suspension & brakes on a longbed 1964 Chevrolet Pickup Truck. In this project, we’re taking a work truck and transforming it into a cool cruiser.  Here’s a short piece of the article.  Click here to view the full article on When Hec Valdez found this 1964 more…

Hard Brake Pedal Trouble Shooting

December 29th, 2016

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to diagnose and fix the issues that are contributing to a hard brake pedal

Resurrecting the Suspension on Car Craft Magazine’s 1978 Malibu

December 22nd, 2016

Like a mythological bird that rose from the ashes of its destruction, Car Crafts project 1978 Malibu is back from the dead.  When we last left the car, it was overheating on the side of interstate 40 just outside of Needless California.  Nearly 2000 miles from Akron Ohio where this journey began. Check out our more…

Suspension How To: Installing Control Arms, Disk Brakes, Steering Parts & Sway Bar on a 1969 Chevy Nova

July 8th, 2016

The guys over at wanted to revamp the front-end components on their 1969 Chevy Nova, so they gave Performance Online a call for the best option.  We helped them find the right parts and gave suggestions on the project to help get this Nova up to date and driving safe on the road.  Super Chevy more…

Fix Your Duster Suspension Now! Simple Pieces Make It Easy

May 5th, 2016

Yes, we all know that the best designed cars are from “the good old days”. Those cars are just plain beautiful! The one’s we like to call classics. Well, just like with everything time will definitely take a toll on your car (and it’s suspension system!). When our Mopars were brand new they were the more…

Tail Gate Latches, Stealth Hidden Type, 1947-87 Chevy Truck and 48-64 Ford F-1-F-100 Truck

January 6th, 2015

1. Use latch to determine where to mark your drilling locations. Drill and slot holes, as shown in diagram. A 5/8″ hole on the side of the tail gate roll. A 3/16″ h x 1″ w for the latch lever to operate, along with a 3/16″ drilled hole to bolt the latch in place. 2.Remove more…

Bleeding Air From Power Steering Systems

October 16th, 2014

INSTRUCTIONS BLEEDING AIR FROM POWER STEERING SYSTEMS BEFORE BLEEDING: Inspect steering system. Check, and correct as needed: *Hoses must not touch any other part of the vehicle. Steering system noise could be caused by hose touching frame, body or engine. *All hose connections must be tight. Loose connections might not leak but could allow air more…

“Altitude Adjustment” in Classic Trucks Aug. 2012

August 21st, 2012

This is a portion of “Altitude Adjustment” featured in Classic Trucks Magazine Aug, 2012 issue. The whole article is available at Performance Online Via their website, Performance Online offers a complete line of suspension components for ’47-87 Chevy trucks and ’48-64 Fords. Drop spindle kits are available for ’63-70 and ’71-72 trucks. 1963-70 kits more…

1956 Ford Monoleaf and Disc Brake Conversion Installation

July 11th, 2012

“The wallet friendly monoleaf front suspension can enhance the stance of your vehicle by lowering it 3 to 4½ inches, depending on the drop chosen.” Wes Drelleshak from Classic Trucks Magazine walks through an entire Monoleaf and Disc Brake Conversion kit installation. Before he started the project, Wes gave Performance Online a call to discuss more…

How to Remove ‘Shipping Bends’

November 16th, 2011

Due to size restrictions set by the carrier, some of our longer front to rear fuel and brake lines must be temporarily altered for shipping. Whenever necessary, these large radius “shipping bends” are added to a straight section of the line, near the middle. This facilitates easily returning your fine lines reproduction to its proper more…


August 10th, 2011

Manufacturers recommend replacing your brake fluid every three years or so because most fluid deteriorates with use. Also, its affinity for water reduces the fluid’s heat resistance and can cause brake-system corrosion. An essential part of replacing brake fluid is bleeding the system. While bleeding sounds as if leeches and a medieval barber might be more…

Chevelle Brakes – Installing a Hard-Stopping, Hydroboosted Four-Wheel Disc Brake System

August 18th, 2010

When it comes to performance upgrades, we all want to make the number; if we’re talking stopping distances, we want that number to be small. But it’s too easy to focus on the end product rather than the nature of the improvement. For example, we often evaluate braking prowess in terms of simple stopping distance–how more…

Tri-Five Fuel Tank Install

March 18th, 2009

                   In this day and age, hot rods get driven all over. From rod run to rod run, or poker runs, or simply for a cruise on a nice day. There’s even several cross-country cruises. For those reasons, nothing is worse than stopping to fill up the more…

Chevy Truck, 4-Wheel Disc Conversion

March 17th, 2009

              So far, things are going pretty quick and smooth on Project Get Shorty. The frame is down to its rightful length, and the Air Ride Technologies suspension, sans electric work, is installed. It only seems logical to keep things moving in the forward direction. Without missing a beat, more…

Traction Bar System Installation

March 16th, 2009

Here are the basic components from Performance Online minus the rear mount/spring plates that I already installed when the car got the new rearend. It comes with all the necessary hardware and the steel parts are powdercoated black.  Traction bars, slapper bars, traction masters. All of these names conjure up images of bulky and obtrusive more…

How to Measure a Steering Column

February 26th, 2009

Overall Length – From the top of the upper sleeve of the column to the bottom shaft. Tech Tip Steering Wheel and adaptor: Most aftermarket steering wheels will need 2-4″ from the gripping surface of the wheel to the top of the outer housing of the steering column. Measure and mark the dowel. This is more…

Master Cylinder Bench Bleeding

February 24th, 2009