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SCORE!!!!!! $35.00 Cadi Brakes!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1986Blazer, Dec 17, 2001.

  1. 1986Blazer

    1986Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    Life here in the Keys is nice but some creature comforts are far and few between, like WalMart and salvage yards. There is only one salvage yard between here and Miami (which is 155 miles away). I was bored today so I went to the yard looking for goodies. Well, during my search I strayed far and away from the main office. I soon found myself in struggle of life and death. I crawled over car after car, I needed water and sunscreen but none were to be found. Then, on the brink of death I saw it.....a beautiful white 1977 Cadi El Dorado positioned on top of two crushed Cavaliers. I made my way to the Great White Whale and there they were....two rear brake calipers still on the car!!!!!!! My search was over......I followed my trail of bread crumbs back to the office and quickly plopped down $35 for BOTH. The yard crew carried the Dorado to the work stand and started to take my calipers off. 45 minutes later, I had them in my hand! One of the calipers bolts was seized BAD!!! I now have my springs and Ebrake lever plus two good cores! During this time, the wife called, TWICE, wanting to know where her car was. I tried to explain the gold I found but she did not understand....Oh well!!!!! Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance.....

    WOOOOOOOO WHOOOOOOOOO!


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    So I says to him, I said, "get your own monkey."
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  2. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Wow that is a good score. [​IMG]

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  3. Nonesuch

    Nonesuch 1/2 ton status

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    dont you just love it. There is nothing better than finding sought after parts at the boneyard. Congrats on your find.
    Justin

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    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    I think I got you beat. I needed a new core for one of mine a couple weeks ago (siezed bleeder screw, real bad). Stopped by the junkyard after work, walked in with one handfull of tools. Saw a few drum rear Eldos, one disc car with no calipers. Last Eldo in the yard, had disks, tires gone, rotors gone, caliper hanging by the hard line (they don't run flex line to them) and the e-brake cable. Snip-Snip, done. $10 later I was on my way. $6 at Autozone for a rebuild kit.

    Pete

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  5. jwduke

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    What years of Caddies work? I got a price quote from a local parts store for rebuilts for $38 ea.

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  6. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    I'm not sure what year they are but you probably got a quote for NON e-brake style.

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    The guy said they were rears withe a e-brake. These were for a '86 Eldorado, but I don't know if these will work.

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  8. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color=blue>They'll work on a 10/12/14sf rear, but not on a 14ff
     
  9. steve85fla

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    Great! another boring day in paradise!
     
  10. jwduke

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    Which ones work on a FF?

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  11. Esteban86K5

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    I think it's the older ones like 77-79 but again I'm not sure.

    Steve-what's so boring?

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    Ok folks, I'm sorry but I'm pretty new here and I know it's a dumb question but, What exactly are these calipers good for? The reason I'm asking is a really good buddy of mine has a yard with a '77 w/rear disk setup and I can get it for free if I need to(we have a good friendship ). Sounds like I might need to go pull them. Again, sorry for being kinda dumb about this.
    mkmiller

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    You drive a Jeep? But shouldn't that little
    thing have training wheels?
     
  13. HarryH3

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    When you convert a 14 bolt FF to discs, you use the big, beefy 3/4-ton 4WD rotors. These require the caliper that came ONLY on the rear of 76-78 Cadillac Eldorados. Cheapest rebuilds I've seen for these were about $80 each, with a $50 or so core charge. Pretty expensive if you don't have a set of cores. [​IMG] Some folks blow off having a mechanical parking brake and just use non-e-brake front calipers from a GM truck, which are dirt cheap.

    The calipers found on the rear of later model Cadillacs don't open wide enough to fit over the 3/4-ton rotors (unless you use half worn brake pads to start with). [​IMG]

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    As you can tell from my previous reply, those are a hot item. GRAB THEM!!!! [​IMG]

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    HarryH3, thanks for letting me know which ones fit. I found a set on line off a '77 for $60, for the pair. They have 75,000 mi. on them.

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    FWIW, I priced out one at $80 with a $10 core charge a couple weeks ago when I was in the market. This was for a reman, I think it was Autozone but it could have been Checkers. Still out of my price range, though. But it seemed much cheaper than when I priced some out a few years ago.

    The late model Caddy calipers are also smaller pin-pin, and I believe the piston is smaller (less power).

    Pete

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  17. 1986Blazer

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    The KEY is not the caliper as much as the eBrake return lever and spring. Most auto stores sell the rebuild calipers but they do not come with those two pieces of hardware. Plus, if you can get some off a El D for cheap, it really helps with the core charge....some places really stick it to you. Down here, there is a Discount Auto that sells the rebuilds for about $75 and the core is ONLY $5.00. So, I am going to pay the core and keep the original calipers for a later date.....maybe someone will need them or maybe I'll find myself in another K5 that needs them for core's....anyways, that is the poop.

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  18. Heavychevy

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    I've been wanting to know about this too! What mounting brackets do you use? Will Derbinator's brackets work? I'm asking for a 14FF. Thanks!
     
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    I am going to use the TSM rotor/mounting bracket kit - $299.00. With that kit and the calipers from the parts store, the total retrofit will cost just about $450.00. Not too bad when some kits out there cost $800+

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    So I says to him, I said, "get your own monkey."
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    Yes, his brackets should work just fine.

    Here are some others to look at. They are from Bill (aka 45apc on this board). Here is his info : "ShopRat" bill@a-tron.net And a link to some pictures with his brackets. <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/album/19793824qVuQDaZvgT>45apc's brackets</a>

    And here are Derbinator's here is another picture.

    Misfit also makes brackets that you can see <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/albun05>here</a>


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