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Re: Cortes121
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Making my way to the rear brakes, the drums came off much easer than I expected using the puller. The hardware is in fairly good shape, but I will need new wheel cylinders. When I looked at the parts cross reference I saw 2 part numbers for Autozone. They were on the website for purchase so I ordered them, only to have Autozone cancel the order immediately. Does anyone have another part number for the “1 diameter rear wheel cylinders?

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Posted on: 7/28 21:28
- Anthony

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Re: Cortes121
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Are yours not rebuildable? They look fine in the photos and have been rebuilt at some point which is obvious by the aftermarket springs. The part numbers I have are for senior models so not sure whether the same or not.

Posted on: 7/29 23:58
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Re: Cortes121's 1955 Clipper Custom
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Check NAPA for the wheel cylinders. They had all mine in stock and ready to go at my local place, which never happens.

I agree with Don, it looks like someone has been in there before and replaced a lot of the brake components. Lots of meat left on those shoes too.

It looks like your gaskets are leaking around the axle grease seal, allowing grease to drip down into the drum. You probably ought to pull those off and make your own seals. While you're in there it's probably a good idea to pull the axles and repack the bearings. If the axle seals look good then I don't think they need to be replaced.

This was all stuff I had never done before, and if I can do it anyone can. It just takes some guidance.

-Kevin

Posted on: 7/30 0:21
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Re: Cortes121's 1955 Clipper Custom
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Kevin,

I'll have to check with NAPA - I usually go in there with a part number and it really smooths out the process, otherwise I get a lot of confused looks.

But they did have the fronts. My only concern is the rears list in the cross reference are for the senior cars, not the clipper, and the one part number I tried the parts existed but apparently are not in stock, at least at Autozone...


Someone had definitely rebuilt the brakes not long before this thing was parked. I'd love to hear about the circumstances of it being parked. In the documents I found this car had been in an auction in the late 90s, so it was presumably in good shape then. Such a shame.
Mine could most definitely be rebuilt, but there's some corrosion in the wheel cylinder that needs some attention. If I bought a hone I could probably clean it up. But wheel cylinders are usually not much more expensive than the rebuild kits, so I was hoping to go down the quick route.

And about the seals... they are most likely leaking, and could probably stand to be replaced, but I'm wrestling with what outcome I want for this car. I feel like if it runs, drives and stops, relatively safely, I could find it a new home with someone willing to put in the extensive work to get this thing in decent shape. Or more realistically part it out. :/

Posted on: 7/30 16:11
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If the corrosion is near the center, then it is no consequence as the boots don’t travel that far. Just get a good hone, keep it lubricated with brake fluid and hone it back and forth with an electric drill motor.

As for senior vs junior, when I did my 1954 Patrician’s brakes recently, I noted the Napa numbers used but forgot to note the diameters. If anything, the senior would be larger but might still work.

Posted on: 7/30 19:19
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