Home page

Topic: Brake Caliper Suggestions

in Forum: C3 Handling Components

Brake Caliper Suggestions (1/7)
 12/18/19 11:17pm
Car15
Former Member

Send Private Message

Chandler, AZ - USA

Vette(s):
1972 Ontario Orange Convertible, 454, 4 Speed with Air


Joined: 5/21/2019
Posts: 26

Looking to replace my 72 original four calipers due to leakage. Any suggestions as to which ones I should buy? Looking for good quality calipers and good deals. Thanking you in advance!

Our Sponsors help support C3VR
Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (2/7)
 12/18/19 11:53pm
73shark
Standard Member
Send Private Message

Overland Park, KS - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


Joined: 7/9/2003
Posts: 631

Vette Brakes and Products sells st-st lined calipers.  Probably other vendors also.  I suspect there's only one or two actual manufacturers.



______________

1973 L-82 4 spd

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (3/7)
 12/19/19 10:45pm
Adams' AppleLifetime Member
Lifetime Member
Moderator
Send Private Message

Duncanville, TX - USA

Vette(s):
#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas


Joined: 11/8/2003
Posts: 19725

You can also get the SS sleeved calipers from local auto parts places. I have two on my '74 that came from Autozone...one I installed 20+ years ago.



______________
Joel Adams
C3VR Lifetime Member #56    

My Link


(click for Texas-sized view!)
             NCRS

"Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comforting to cry in a CORVETTE than in a Kia"
Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (4/7)
 12/20/19 11:33am
manchestersharkLifetime Member
Lifetime Member
Send Private Message

Equinunk, PA - USA

Vette(s):
1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.


Joined: 10/31/2007
Posts: 2013

From experience, Anything remanufactured from ANY auto parts store is Junk! I have a 72' as well, and had Multiple problems with remans. I went with Lone Star out of Texas. They have quality products, and NO problems after replacement of SS inserts. 

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (5/7)
 12/20/19 12:45pm
VETTENUTLifetime Member
Lifetime Member
Send Private Message


Vette(s):
1974 Stingray and 2004 Six-speed Convertible


Joined: 1/27/2003
Posts: 61

If I'm not mistaken, Vette Brakes closed up shop earlier this year. If you are a DIYer at all, they are not that hard to rebuild. There are several videos on YouTube depicting caliper rebuilds (the Ecklers Garage is a good depiction but I emailed them and they no longer rebuild your calipers but do have units available for purchase). You have to make sure the interior surfaces of the caliper are not rusty and pitted but if they're in good shape you can get a rebuild kit and refurbish them yourself. I do agree with ManchesterShark regarding stainless steel sleeves if you do it yourself or have it done. Then you get the added bonus of keeping the originals on your Vette. Good luck!

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (6/7)
 12/27/19 6:22pm
ojglty
Former Member

Send Private Message

Phoenix, AZ - USA

Vette(s):
1979 Corvette Survivor; L82, M21 close ratio 4spd, AC, Leather, gymkhana suspension.


Joined: 2/7/2019
Posts: 1

Lone Star Caliper out of Texas has a good product and you can specify the correct date code for your car.

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (7/7)
 1/10/20 1:09pm
mljones1313
Limited Member
Send Private Message

Howell, MI - USA

Vette(s):
1981 Numbers matching, Red w/Silver Leather Interior, Original, 49000 miles. Multiple Trophy winner.


Joined: 2/23/2019
Posts: 1

I had the same problem for years. Changed 4 sets of calipers in just 6 years. Last fall I installed a set of Wilwood by Duntov Motors calipers out of Texas. I replaced EVERYTHING!!! Master cylinder, lines, calipers and pads. I am a very happy Corvette owner now.



______________
Our Sponsors help support C3VR