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Old 03-14-2019, 05:52 PM
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1967 corvette brake caliper, my left front caliper has blown a seal leaking fluid, should I rebuild it or just buy a remanufactured one, and who is the most reliable store to purchase from. Ian
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Personally, regardless of which way you go I always do BOTH sides on (front or rear) when such things need repaired.
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Yes gonna do both sides just getting some input from the forum before I purchase rebuild kit or remanufactured set. Ian
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If they are original, Iíd rebuild. I sent mine out a few years back and have been very happy.

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Yes gonna do both sides just getting some input from the forum before I purchase rebuild kit or remanufactured set. Ian
Recommend Lone Star or CSSB, Inc. Lone Star in Texas and CSSB in Florida.

If your calipers are original or the correct casting/part number, I would rebuild rather than exchange..............although you could probably make sure to get the exact exchange versus just any casting that will fit. Both companies will rebuild your calipers or sell you good parts.

My current calipers are lip seal as original and I have been using DOT 5 fluid for over 20 years. But if I had to redo things today, I likely would just go for o-ring seals. I was not sure how they would work, but I have not heard any complaints in the 15-20 years since they were first introduced. I do not know if you can o-ring the fronts and leave the rears as lip seals...........but probably can. However, I would ask/inquire from these companies.

If you plan to keep the car for many years, maybe you just redo all four at the same time. If your calipers already have SS sleeves, you can do it yourself at home. But if you have the $$$ and want the best job, pack them up and have Lone Star or CSSB do the rebuilding.

If it was my own car, I would do all four and do them at home. I would use the o-rings. Then forget about them for the next 15 years (except to flush DOT 3/4 fluid every 5 years if this is what you use. )

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Old 03-14-2019, 06:38 PM
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If you have 4 originals I would fix it. If the car already has 1 or 2 replaced just get a rebuilt one and be done.
Not sure if they are on the allowed list here so I have pm'ed you the name of a parts seller that has good corvette calipers.
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I've used Lone Star and would recommend them
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That’s what’s in the car
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Originally Posted by Bluffman View Post
Thatís whatís in the car
For 1965 thru early 1967 model year, the calipers are #546xxxx

For 1967 late thru 1972 model year, the calipers are #545xxxx

For 1973 thru 1982 the calipers are #547xxxx

Your calipers are not original to the car. At least the one that is pictured. May or may not be SS sleeved already.

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The calipers from Lone Star are available from several Vette part houses. Just call your favorite and ask if they resell Lone Star. Dennis
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Auto Zone here sells re-man Delco for $65. They work great. If they let you dig through the boxes you may find the correct ones...

Mine on my 67 were original - so I kept them and will have them rebuilt in the future..
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The calipers from Lone Star are available from several Vette part houses. Just call your favorite and ask if they resell Lone Star. Dennis
Lone Star is a major rebuilder of Corvette (and non-Corvette) brake components for our old cars. They went from a small shop to a major rebuilder that typically only sells wholesale. But the owner also has a soft spot for us Corvette guys, and lets us buy direct and have custom work done. So you can either shop for places that sell LS, or call them directly. Owner's name is Ken.

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There are plenty of inexpensive sources, but they're not SS sleeved. SS sleeves are a must when replacing.
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Mine leaked every season, i finally had enough and had them SS sleeved sand O ringed, no more leakes. and its been 8 years since they were rebuilt.
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There seems to be a couple of lone star went with the big outfit, ordered a correct casting number o ring type . Thanks Ian

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I would open up the failing caliper and determine if it has been sleeved. If so, buy an O-ring kit which includes pistons and rebuild all of the wheels. The kits cost about $150. The rebuild job is easy. I used denatured alcohol to clean the calipers. I went through a box of pipe cleaners and a few rifle brushes to clean the inner passages. If the calipers are not sleeved, then send them to one of the vendors mentioned above. I would still use O-rings for a car driven seasonally. Jerry
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:34 PM
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Thanks for the input Jerry, I decided to go with the lone star professional rebuilt ones, thanks Ian
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