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lip seal calipers (Read 2341 times)
Apr 9th, 2012 at 2:11pm

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Providing pistons and bores ( after honing) are in good shape, then rebuilding the brake calipers , why not use them instead of spending $400 bucks or so which I could definitively use elsewhere (rear brgs. for example) ? I realize o-rings seal better but how long can rebuilt oem,s (1978) last? These calipers will sit (no use) for probably over a year while I finish frame off resto/mod. Any opinions? Im on a really tight budget. Thanks, Frank.
 
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Reply #1 - Apr 9th, 2012 at 2:33pm
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I honed and cleaned my originals real good and bought the re-seal kits for each one and they work just fine. The kits ran about $12 for each wheel. I'd go that route for sure Frank. Then later on when you get your other stuff complete and are ready for an upgrade, then you can go with an all stainless syetem. I know there's several guys on here that have rebuilt thiers using those kits and haven;t heard one complaint yet.

Charlie
 
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Reply #2 - Apr 9th, 2012 at 3:10pm

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If the car is just going to sit.Why bother now? Wait till your ready to drive it.....................jack
 

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Reply #3 - Apr 10th, 2012 at 5:32am
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I would not do the brakes until car is ready to drive.  Then I would do the stainless with o-rings.  The extra cost is definitely worth it.  I fought the leaky brakes for years on mine, even though pistons and calipers "looked" good.  Was always have a brake leak or problem of some kind.  After changing to the stainless steel have never had a problem. At some point in the future you still might want to change to the stainless so way spend money to do it twice.

You said car is going to sit with no use for over a year so there is really no rush on the brakes.  After your frame off resto/mod you can rethink the brake problem.

Dale
 
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Reply #4 - Apr 10th, 2012 at 7:04am
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I didn't read that part I guess. if you're just wanting to scratch one thing off the list, I'd think it would be fine sitting for a while with the new parts in there. just be sure and clean and bleed it all good so you dont't trap moisture in the system. Then bleed them again before your ready to drive. otherwise, I'd wait. it only took me an hour to remove the pistons, hone the cylinders, clean everything and put it all back together and paint it. just be sure and cap off the lines if you're gonna let it sit with the calipers off. Those rubber caps work great.

Charlie
 
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Reply #5 - Apr 10th, 2012 at 3:11pm

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