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Brake shields

PostPost by: drtarkir » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:39 am

Car is a 1971 +2S. I currently have 90% of one rear brake shield and 25% of the other. What is the current feeling on having them? If necessary are they available from anyone or will I have to make a set?

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PostPost by: prezoom » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:13 am

My 130S only has the top forward portion installed, which has the bracket where the flexible line is secured. The rest of the shields were in a box of parts that came with the car. It doesn't look like the extra parts are necessary, and I am not a fan of the way those parts are attached.
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:21 pm

I also have a +2S manufactured in 1971 and I got rid of the entire rear brake shielding system many years ago. No regrets, no problems. I had to fabricate small brackets to serve is the anchor for the flexible brake hoses. I mounted these the the strut tube with band clamps.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:00 pm

They might not have been so bad if made from aluminum or even GRP for the bits further away from the brake heat. As they are, though, that's a lot of unsprung weight that you don't need.

If I was building a daily driver, in a place a lot wetter than where I am, I'd make them in aluminum and keep the brakes dry. But, here, no way. :wink:
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PostPost by: Davidb » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:29 pm

When did you last have rain Bud?
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PostPost by: prezoom » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:22 am

What's rain?
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PostPost by: Bud English » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:00 pm

Davidb wrote:When did you last have rain Bud?

Actually, day before yesterday. :oops:
We usually get a a little more than eight inches, over 68 days a year and some of it is snow. It's northern Nevada so it's mostly temperate decent weather from Spring to Fall.

If I don't soon finish this thing, average rainfall won't be the detriment to driving. Average lifespan will.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:29 pm

Yes, I seem to be frozen in time here! Four below outside and nothing happening inside...
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:27 pm

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