brake pedal goes 1/2 way down before working


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replaced wheel cylinders(ate they have springs in them).replaced shoes(flaps 12.99 cheap ones),replaced front pads(good quality semi-metallic),replaced master cylinder(FTE german),replaced all brake hoses too.bleed brakes with pressure bleeder(ran 3qts threw it).now have to push pedal 1/2 way down before it's hard pedal.pull the e-brake on pedal does not change.have adjusted rears shoes to see if that makes difference,no.can't figure it out.have done many brake jobs was a tech for 35 yrs at Cadillac dearship.