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May 14-20, 2000

Okay, so last time I said I'd talk about about the seven months it took to get my rear brakes rebuilt... Here's the deal:

Although the rear calipers I received with the car looked brand new, they must have been used at least briefly by the previous owner. They leaked an orangish, rusty brake fluid when handled. Rather than just flush them, I decided to rebuild them. I stopped in a local NAPA to get a rebuild kit, and they offered to send them to their rebuilders for only $50 each. Not bad, I thought. Should save time...

However, I dropped them off right before Thanksgiving, but heard nothing from them for months. It turns out that they lost them. They eventually turned up in their warehouse, on the shelf. Somehow they had mistakenly restocked my used calipers as new. (?) Anyway, they sent them to the rebuilders, who kept them for another three months or so, only to return them saying they could not rebuild them, so I got them back two weeks ago, got a rebuild kit from PJ Grady, and finished the job.

I soaked each one in carburetor dip overnight, and then in brake cleaner for another night. I then blew them all out with a high-pressure air hose. The castings ended up looking like brand-new pieces. Adding the seals and seating the pistons & dust covers took about 5 minutes, and I was done. Should have done it myself in the first place.

On a related brake note, at the Pittsburgh World of Wheels show this February, I happened to spot a hot rod with -would you believe it- what appeared to be chromed DeLorean calipers. They were mounted inboard on a Jaguar differential, which has the brake discs mounted on the axle, almost in the center of the car. A little bit of research yielded (and I love discovering these) A CROSS REFERENCE!!!

Here's the specs:

1974-79 XJS (Actually, pretty much any Jag from 74 - the 80's.) rear calipers:
Check out the rear caliper pics for yourself at: http://www.welshent.com/brakes.htm and you'll see that they do match. The casting number is the same, too -- TYPE M14H. The required pads, rebuild kits, pistons -- all the same. Oh, and this includes the parking brake as well.

Front calipers are 1976 Mercury Capri front calipers.

Prices are from various sources.  Your local stores may differ.

Rear Caliper Cross-Reference: Left Right
Raybestos: ($225 ea. lifetime warranty with pads & hrdwre) RC3856 RC3855
Beck Arnley: ($175 ea. lifetime warranty with pads & hrdwre) 079-0233 079-0234
Pro Stop (Pep Boys): ($175 ea. lifetime warr. with pads & hrdwr) 40-57517 40-57516
*Be careful: There are two types of these calipers -- one for a two-speed rear axle, and one for the regular axle.  I have seen different manufacturers confuse the two in the boxes.  Take your old ones and match them up to be sure.
Front Caliper Cross-Reference: Left Right
Raybestos: ($75 ea. lifetime warranty with pads & hardware  RC3004 RC3003
A1 Cardone: ($34 -- Wrenchhead.com) 19-245 19-244
Beck Arnley: ($37 -- Wrenchhead.com) 076-0035 076-0036
Raybestos: ($43 -- Wrenchhead.com; no pads) RWC45273 RWC45272


Next page, I'll talk a bit about driving around in a bodyless DeLorean. YES! She moves! (And stops, too). =)

    
Costs for Week 30:
  
Date Purchase Store Price
14-May-00 Fuel injector cleaner (2) Pep Boys 6.68
14-May-00 Car cover for outdoor use Pep Boys 29.90
17-May-00 100816 Fan switch Specialty Automotive 19.50
17-May-00 108633 Switch clip Specialty Automotive 3.75
17-May-00 106959 Switch seal Specialty Automotive 0.90
17-May-00 109018 Emergency brake bolt Specialty Automotive 3.00
17-May-00 109020 pins (2) Specialty Automotive 2.60
17-May-00 100634 Headlight retainer, used (3) Specialty Automotive 19.50
17-May-00 101601 Headlight gap filler Specialty Automotive 7.00
17-May-00 SP10080 Screw (8) Specialty Automotive 6.80
17-May-00 102631 Injector seals (6) Specialty Automotive 18.00
17-May-00 100747 O-Ring (2) Specialty Automotive 6.50
17-May-00 106867 O-Ring Specialty Automotive 0.95
17-May-00 106868 O-Ring (2) Specialty Automotive 1.80
17-May-00 106869 O-Ring Specialty Automotive 0.95
Week 30 Total: $127.83
Running Total: $11,790.85

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