Fox wow, never really thought this would be a issue

kendawg73

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Anyone try to get replacement calibers lately? Since I'm putting my car back together I'm pretty much replacing everything along the way... all new brake lines, wheel cyl for the rear, drums, got the Power stop Z23 rotor/pad kit for the front, new master cyl (I'm still on the fence on weather to replace the booster or not) I did blast and paint it a few years back when I took it off, it did work at the time..) anyway, I ordered replacement calibers for the front... from AM, there Cardone re-man's , got the drivers side, but the pass side has been back ordered since I ordered it back in January... in fact pretty much no one has it... and the drivers side are slim findings too... heck Autozone doesn't even show a caliber selection at all when I look up brakes for my 90 GT. WTF, looks like there is a Caliber shortage... Advance shows only wearever ones (which have the same part number as the cardone's, anyone know if these are cardone's?) but no stores have them in stock either.. not sure if I order for home deliver if I would get a e-mail saying there back order too). Want to get the same re-man brand as the one I already have.

I thought about getting new pistons, and seals for the ones I took off (they did work when I drove the car home) been sitting in a bags since I took them off... heck even the pistons are in short supply, found some on Rockauto... I know I can blast the out side of the caliber, but I guess you don't want to do inside where the piston goes right? since it would make the surface rough? so I would need to blast before removing piston... then clean up inside with solvent... looks like only 2 seals... so should be easy to rebuild right?

If I do that, I hope I can get AM to take this one back without me having to pay shipping back since i've been waiting on the other side and this has been useless to me..
 
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Olivethefet

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Wow, that sucks. I rebuilt the breaks on my car a few month back. New wheel cylinders, springs, retainers, pads and drums on the back. New rotors, pads and calipers on the front. I didn't have any trouble getting calipers. I got mine from O'Rileys. They had to order them but it only took a day or two for them to show up.
 

kendawg73

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yeah I've been lookin on there... they don't have the pass side cardone ones.... they only have Centric and Raybestos… not sure who the better quality one would be... in any case I would want to get both from the same re-manufacture… so I would need to send the Cardone one back that I have... or maybe that really won't matter I guess.... arrggg
 

TOOLOW91

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yeah I've been lookin on there... they don't have the pass side cardone ones.... they only have Centric and Raybestos… not sure who the better quality one would be... in any case I would want to get both from the same re-manufacture… so I would need to send the Cardone one back that I have... or maybe that really won't matter I guess.... arrggg
They are all going to be the same
 

kendawg73

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I ordered the NUGEON for the pass side yesterday, out for delivery today... damn... but the day before they had both sides... now only the pass. but none of the local parts places , advance/autozone have any in stock... never tried NUGEON, hope it's a decent rebuild... the core is 4.00 so not worth sending back.. plus, they were working when I took them off 5 years ago.. so I think I still will blast them, take apart and replace piston and seals and paint them and then box them up for backups... (when I get some free time later on)...
 

90sickfox

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We used to rebuild calipers all the time. Would rebuild wheel cylinders too.

The calipers would get cleaned and honed with a brake caliper hone ( a tool that goes on a drill with three legs and stones on the end )..then cleaned again. You want to smooth the bore and not remove too much material. The seals are directional sometimes. Dust boot goes in the bore first then piston. Lubricate everything with brake fluid before installation.

Those were the good days. We rarely bought new parts....just rebuilt stuff...from window motors to brake stuff....even rebuilt pumps and steering gears.
 

Mustang5L5

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I think I have a thread around here on rebuilding calipers. Pretty easy really, but with these calipers so cheap not worth the time unless you planned on painting or PCing the Caliper up well.
 
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