I don’t think I need to explain how you refit it all back on the car, besides its covered elsewhere but if you got this far I’m guessing your fairly competent.
Just a few things of note. Firstly, dry fit every thing first. There’s nothing more annoying, however competent you think you are than copper slipping everything up only to realise you forgot the simplest of things. We’ve all done it. Offer it up first, if its all good go ahead and grease it. Also, remember to leave the calliper piston in an X so that the recess's point to 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock etc. The standard pads have a small little stump on them which if the calliper piston does not allow to slip over will mean your brake pads will not fit flush against the piston.
Just a word on brake lines. You may find if your changing them over as I did your lines will not unbolt and are stuck fast. Firstly, always use a proper brake line spanner, this will allow you to slip and 5/6th ring spanner over the union nut to get the best amount or grip on the nut. If you go using an open ended spanner and round it off on your first attempt then I’m afraid you had it coming. Its worth the £10 for the proper tool. I’m not saying it always works mind, the amount of times I’ve had to get the old mole grips out… Not on this car though! DON’T OVERTIGHTEN UNION NUTS OR BLEED NIPPLES.
Lastly, when everything is refitted, and the braking system bled, you can operate the handbrake. So don’t forget to check your handbrake adjustment.
Parts & Services
VHT Paint and Lacquer £20
Shot blasting £10
Bleed Nipples x3 £6
Braided Brake lines £20 (pair)
Consumables & Tools (already had)
Grease, Brake cleaner, sand paper, grinding stones, wire wheel, compressor, Copper Grease, 11mm Brake line spanner, 13mm, 15mm 17mm spanner/ratchet spanner, sockets, 12mm deep socket, swan neck pliers, pin hammer, pliers, mole grips, brakeline clamp, bleeding kit/buddy, DOT4 Brake fluid, M10 blanking bolts,
Time excl removal, refitting and drying time!
I guess the pictures kinda speak for themselves. The difference from before and after is night and day! Not only that, they look great and more importantly, they stop so much better than before.
I would definitely recommend this one to anyone wishing to breathe a bit of life into their old callipers. It’s a bit of work but not too much money. Just give yourself the time to do it, fully inspect the calipers and sliders for wear and if you need to replace rubbers or pistons, do it.
Hopefully people will find this helpful.