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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Wanted: local mechanic needed to work on '67

Hi, I learned today that my '67 needs new calipers (front) and brake cylinders (rear). Local mechanic wants to charge me a small fortune. Hoping someone on this forum can help give me a hand and make a few bucks! If you are interested, I can provide more details. Having trouble finding reputable and trustworthy mechanics that will even touch the car due to its age. I'm in the Naperville area.

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Hi, I learned today that my '67 needs new calipers (front) and brake cylinders (rear). Local mechanic wants to charge me a small fortune. Hoping someone on this forum can help give me a hand and make a few bucks! If you are interested, I can provide more details. Having trouble finding reputable and trustworthy mechanics that will even touch the car due to its age. I'm in the Naperville area.

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Thanks!

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Wish I could help, its an easy job and hopefully one that will not take too long. Is it (at least the parts that need replacing) stock or of stock configuration? Makes it easy to order the parts if they are.

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That really is an easy job and parts are fairly cheap to get it done. Might be a good opportunity to by a service manual and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

If I was closer I would help you out.

Curious, what did your local mechanic want to charge you for this?

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Well, the 67's have those 4 piston Kelsey Hayes calipers that can be a bear to rebuild. And, top that with I guess the very early 67's had the small 65/66 brake hose inlet (I have never seen that and I own an October built 67 GT 350) adds to the problem.
OK, the car is about 50 years old, can you read K/H in the casting? If so, those are original and DO NOT let them out of your sight. You can get rebuilt calipers from Autozone, but, unlikely they will be original K/H castings. You will likey also have to order them. And, do just pay and eat the core charge...if you have original K/H castings. Also order the brake pads.
And, then where do you get the rotors turned? Most parts stores have stopped doing that, so, ask around. Down here you can still go to Van Senus Auto parts as they have a machine shop to do this.
On to the rear: If the rear cyls have the small 1/4" headed wheel cylinders, those too are original, and valuable. You can remove those, and send them out to be sleeved. New shoes, and do get the hardware kit. Cutting the brake drums have the same issue as the rotors. Gotta go to an automotive machine shop to get it done.
Cost: well, this stuff is labor intensive, and a saftey issue.
I am a former auto mechanic but really, have no time for other side work. In my younger days I used to do it all the time.

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+1...the K/H calipers are hard to come by and try to keep or rebuild if possible. They could have a 3/8 inlet (early 67) or 7/16 inlet (later 67). The early is pretty rare and finding the rebuild kit could be a challenge, as the dust boots are a bit different.

Unless the bleeder is totally frozen and can't be re-seated or the piston cylinders are shot, it is a really easy job to rebuild...you may need to soak some of the bolts to loosen..50/50 acetone and ATF mix worked for one of mine. Also need to shoot a bit of compressed air to pop the pistons.

Once I got things loosened, the clean up and rebuild only took an hour or so...would have probably been a lot less, but I bead blasted and plated them...carefully sealing of the internals.

The only other thing is needing to bleed the system and recenter the distribution valve. I got my car so I could learn all of this stuff, so it was fun. If you want to save $'s the Shop Manual is a must and can walk you through many things you may need to do down the road. The experience on this forum can fill in all of the blanks...truly amazing what a lot of these people know (not me, I'm still learning).

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Do you still need work done on the 67? If so, where are you located?

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