LAwman - Speaking of brakes.. About 30 years ago I was spending my summers down the jersey shore. My friend had a 60's mustang. I dropped over and he was just finishing up replacing the front brakes.
"Wanna go for a ride"? Being older now, I would have realized that, given the two empty Heineken six packs, "NO" Would have been the correct response.
But, being young and dumb, I hopped in. The bay was 2 blocks away and he headed that- a-way banging through the gears.. As we got ready to make the turn onto the side street I hear (*#&#&*#&^ and saw that the brake pedal was down to the floor without producing the slightest amount of braking friction.
He downshifted back down and we took the turn at an insane velocity.. We made it back to his driveway without having done an instant replay of Chappaquiddik.
The post mortem revealed that he had forgotten to install one of the cylinder pins resulting in the brake fluid draining out on the first application of the brakes.