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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.
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