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PostPost by: fattogatto » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:33 pm

Anyone have a reliable source for rebuilding/refurbishing/restoring the calipers from a baby elan in the US?

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PostPost by: gus » Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:50 am

honestly buy some SS pistons and a seal kit, it is pretty easy
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PostPost by: SENC » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:02 am

About to do the same on my new to me S4. Was planning to send the pistons off... Gus, where have yiu sourced SS pistons?
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PostPost by: fattogatto » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:15 am

RD has them.
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:16 am

I got a quote from http://www.goldlinebrakes.com

I think a few people on here recommend them. I couldn't justify the price quoted radically with shipping, so I did it my self. The paint finish is no where as good as if done professionally but was significantly cheaper.

I got the pistons and seals from Sue Miller as significantly cheaper than US sources and I had a UK trip. Think I would have come out a head even with postage from the UK....
'73 +2 130/5 RHD, now on the road and very slowly rolling though a "restoration"
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PostPost by: john1180 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:21 am

Try Eric at PMB performance. pmbperformance.com. They do a great job, complete disassembly, replate, and rebuild! John
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PostPost by: sveris » Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:12 pm

The owner of Vintage Imports - from the previous Ebay link -is a personal friend. You won't find a better source for old sports car parts on the Internet - period. He also has professional equipment to manufacture virtually any brake or hydraulic hose you might require.

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PostPost by: danielmo » Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:27 pm

You can get reasonably priced kits and stainless steel pistons from here: http://classicgarage.com/. The rears are the least expensive I've seen.
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PostPost by: ftsoft » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:43 am

You can buy new calipers from Moss(Spitfire) for the fronts. The rears are more of a problem. I had mine rebuilt here in US locally by D&D Classics in Covington Ohio.

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PostPost by: cabc26b » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:02 pm

+1 on goldline, used them to rebuild my early 911 calipers - reasonable and fast . I would buy the fronts from moss as others suggested and get the rears done -

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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:57 am

Those of you who have used goldline or PMB - did you spec or provide ss pistons, or go with alloy?

Any thoughts on goldline's newer finish vs the traditional zinc alloy used ny PMB?
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PostPost by: fattogatto » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:08 pm

Just called Goldline. Rather pricey at $90 per caliper to take apart, clean and rebuild. Pistons would be extra and then the zinc plating (if desired) would push $300 for all four. So, looking at $700+, plus shipping.

And, just got off the phone with PMB. $379 for the rears with parking brake, and $349 for the fronts. Includes plating and SS pistons though. Plus shipping.
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:02 pm

I rebuilt mine with ss pistons from Ray and it was very easy. I did not paint the calipers, but was talking about it with a friend that has used this http://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-s-uret ... aints.html, which he said turned out very good. Just a thought. Dan
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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:35 pm

fattogatto wrote:Just called Goldline. Rather pricey at $90 per caliper to take apart, clean and rebuild. Pistons would be extra and then the zinc plating (if desired) would push $300 for all four. So, looking at $700+, plus shipping.

And, just got off the phone with PMB. $379 for the rears with parking brake, and $349 for the fronts. Includes plating and SS pistons though. Plus shipping.

Thanks for sharing Charlie. I was thinking I could do it myself for $350-450 (including sending off for zinc plating), so $700-800 all-in doesn't sound too bad. Which are you going with and why?
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