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Caddie calipers for rear disc brakes

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dodgedude99, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. dodgedude99

    dodgedude99 1/2 ton status

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    i have a set of Junkyard 76 Eldo rear calipers.
    the bad thing is the springs snapped when i removed the calipers.

    ive been told that Remanned calipers dont come with springs.

    what are my options?
     
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    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    have a spring shop make you one? or get lucky and find one in a yard.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    If'n you mean the spring that holds the p-brake lever, bring it into a good local parts place ... they remarkably resemble a clutch return spring. I got an extra one this very way. I had to cut and bend one end, took me 30 seconds with a pair of pliers.

    Actually, if you can use ONE, send me a PM and I'll drop it in the mail to ya ... I ended up with an extra.

    -- A
     
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    There might be a kit that includes that spring.


    I got a calaper kit from Napa for the front brakes on my blazer that included those bushings that the pin slides through and all the orings that the pins go in. Also the Clips that hold the pads into the piston. The kit was only 2 bucks. Maybe they will have a kit similar to that that includes the spring.
     
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    have you tryed a gm dealership?
     
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    I called TSM about replacement springs and they said they did not have replacements. Then they said they are the same as a spring in Drum Brakes but am am unsure. Old rusty and pitted springs make me alittle nervous.
     
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    Yep, one of the springs in the drum brakes from my 10 bolt are very similar to the original caddy springs that I have, but not identical. They're a little smaller and need to have about 1/2 inch cut off it and the hook rebent on it but it'll work.
     
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    thank you gentleman, drum brake spring it is then, i have a couple of axles laying around i can use.
     
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    i ask a local acdelco store and they said the "hardware kit" for the caddy's is still availanle as well as reman calipers, but he couldnt tell me if the kit had the springs, i'm going there tommorrow and he should have some more info.
     
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    Hey guys, I haven't been on here in a while due to a lot of things, but it's good to be back. Anyway, I am swaping out my standard rear calipers on my rear end for a set of '84 Eldorado ones with the p-brake. (I did the rear disc conversion a couple years ago, but now it's time to upgrade.) Just from looking at the original factory parking brake cable, it doesn't look like it will fit into the Eldo calipers. It seems like the flange on the cable housing is too small for the new calipers -- like the cable housing will just pull right inside the spring when tension is applied. Do I have to buy a new cable that will be compatible with the Caddy calipers or is there some improvising I can do to make them work? Thanks for any ideas.

    CB
     
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    First things first, what rotors did you find that will work with the narrow/small '79+ rear disk calipers and our bolt pattern? :)
     
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    I bought the rear disc conversion kit from a buddy of mine that was going to put it on his suburban but never did. I think he might have go the kit from SSBC but I'm not sure. It was a couple years ago. I had to put the rotors on a lathe and widen the register opening by about a 16th of an inch to fit the axel shafts from the '78 12 bolt I have under my truck. Everything else fit fine though.

    CB
     

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