Originally Posted by Strong Bad
45 years ago my dad bought my my brother and I our first car a 1932 Ford Model A 5 window coupe. Our's had been setting under a pepper tree for 30 something years before we started. There are tons of new parts still available for these cars. I remember that we tore it down to the bare frame which we carried out to the curb to hose off. I strongly recommend a brake upgrade kit and get rid of the stock mechanical rod actuated brakes.
I strongly recommend keeping the brakes just as they are, and just make sure that they are done properly. They will stop the car just fine for a Sunday drive. The safety of steel from wheel to wheel.