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[C2] Front brake calipers....what am I missing here???

Old 11-29-2018, 11:31 AM
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Greg, I think you just determined that your bracket is the guilty party.
I dont disagree. Its odd though that both brackets appear to be tweaked in the same direction. Im going to see if I can track down some original brackets on ebay as opposed to these reproductions
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:01 PM
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Your patience with this problem is a great asset. Have you researched the parts list thoroughly for accuracy? This situation is very odd. There is something mismatched and finding it is the clue to correcting it. JMHO, Al W.
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:45 PM
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Your patience with this problem is a great asset. Have you researched the parts list thoroughly for accuracy? This situation is very odd. There is something mismatched and finding it is the clue to correcting it. JMHO, Al W.
Al, I've gone back and forth with Dan at Van Steel numerous times over the past 48 hours to ensure I have all the correct components. He's as confused as I am at this point. They're in the process of rebuilding a disc brake chassis this week....he's going to compare that build to my parts list to see if there is something we're all missing here.

As a last ditch effort this weekend, I'm going to strip everything down to the bare spindle, and document the reassembly process with individual photos of every single component and post them in order on here. Hopefully someone will catch something we've all missed. Beyond that, all I can think of is that I've got a pair of tweaked caliper mounting brackets.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:54 PM
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You don't have to pull the disc, I just slid drill bits between the disc and bolt as a gage for the gap. Just to get in the ball park. Also I don't have dust shields so your gap should be a little smaller than mine.
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All you really have to do is space your rotors out.b For the heck of it pull the rotor and put some .060 washers behind it on the studs and try it.
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All you really have to do is space your rotors out.b For the heck of it pull the rotor and put some .060 washers behind it on the studs and try it.
That will definitely work, but its somewhat of a Band-Aid solution. It would also reduce the amount of thread available on the studs, and push the wheels further out, thus effectively changing the backspacing. All things I'm not interested in doing. Dealing with 95% OEM style parts here, this shouldn't be rocket science. I'll be curious to see what Dan comes up with in another day or so.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:34 PM
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You don't have to pull the disc, I just slid drill bits between the disc and bolt as a gage for the gap. Just to get in the ball park. Also I don't have dust shields so your gap should be a little smaller than mine.
Just stuck a stack of feel gauges in there and then mic'd them out....I've got .1965 with the dust shield installed and my dust shield is just over a tenth....so that checks out.
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:07 PM
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pulled the trigger on a set of NOS 65-67 caliper brackets on eBay. For 80 bucks shipped, I figured it was worth a roll of the dice. I also downloaded the specs on the calipers from Wilwood's website and every measurement is spot on within thousands. At this point, the only variable left is the caliper bracket....heres hoping
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:57 PM
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The UPS driver threw my right front Vansteel assembly off his truck. The other one landed on top of that box. The one that hit the pavement had a bent caliper bracket. Van steel replaced the whole assembly and paid for shipping. The spindle brake caliper assembly is quite heavy. It dug it’s way through the spray-in foam packing material.
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:02 PM
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Good luck, Greg.
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:15 PM
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Good luck, Greg.
Gonna get to the bottom of this....one way or the other!!
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:09 PM
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Finally have front brakes!!! Ended up being a combo of crappy quality reproduction caliper brackets and the stick on backing plate on the Wilwood pads makeing them a solid tenth thicker than factory pads.






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Old 12-05-2018, 03:21 PM
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Great news Greg! I just love a "happy ending"!😎
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Yea, that was a real hassle for what should be a fairly simple "upgrade". I was shocked how far out the reproduction caliper brackets were vs. the OEMs.....$80 bucks well spent. Apparently the stock pad thickness is .505 in. With the backing on the Wilwood pads, they measured out at .521. Once you pull the backing off, they measured at .491 and slipped right in. The caliper still isn't perfectly centered over the rotor, its still about a tenth towards the inside, but lets be serious, nothing on these cars is within a tenth of an inch of perfect. Either way, everything fits and the discs don't drag....moving on!
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Congratulations, Greg, that is outstanding!
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We shall not just endure, we shall prevail. Good on you
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Great ending to a Tough thread. Well Done CF..!!
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:34 AM
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Great deal and thanks for updating. Good to know on the repro brackets. Is Van Steel going to do something about the brackets? Hopefully they will. Nothing worse than buying new parts that don’t work.

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