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Old 04-21-2002, 23:47   #1 (permalink)
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Question Brake Calliper Removal ??

Hi all,

Let me start by saying I am no mechanic :)
I have seen some very snazzy paint work on some of the
Fords brakes posted on this forum, and would like mine
to be no exception. I had the wheel off my EL on the weekend
for other reasons and it was not totally obvious to me how to
remove the calipers. I want to paint them up, but I am unsure
on how to remove them.

Could some kind enthuiast let me know the correct way to
remove and re-secure the callipers in an EL Fairmont Ghia.

Cheers heaps !
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Old 04-22-2002, 05:22   #2 (permalink)
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Wardy, did my front ones on the EF XR8 a while ago and just took the wheels off, taped off everything around it with masking tape and news paper. First thing i did though, was clean them up with a wirebrush. Then painted them with a can of heat resistant paint from a auto spares place. Didn't bother taking them off. Put on around 3 light coats, letting the paint dry before the next coating.
Looked quite good.(IMO).

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We took the calipers off the discs and sat them on a piece of wood, leaving the calliper still connected to everything else. Stuck newspaper all around the wheel arch where the calliper was sitting and sprayed it.

Sorry, can't help with telling you how to get them off, Dad did it...

You should spray the hubs either black of silver too, stops them rusting.
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If your unsure I would leave the brakes on, there not something to take a chance with. I'm not sure who make's it but you used to be able to get a special brake caliper painting kit that had solven t and everything in it. Would definetly be worth it.
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Thumbs up Go with DragonV8

Easiest to leave the calipers on, mask up and spray with hi-temp paint in place. BEST!
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Old 04-22-2002, 16:24   #6 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Thanks Heaps

Thanks heaps for all of the replies !

I will definately paint them in place then,
probably red.

I went for a pizza last night and what do you
know, I pull up and there was a fine looking
EB XR8 with the EL GT wheels out the
front, turns out it was the managers of the
pizza shop and he is a member of the WA Tickford
club. So I also had a long chat to him as
well. He wanted me to join but I am pretty sure
the EL Ghia has not been through the Tickford
workshop as it is the V8 model so it is a no go,
fair enough as well.

All of the Ford enthuiasts I have met have
been totally helpful! There's nothing better than a passionate Ford driver !!!

Cheers all
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Old 04-22-2002, 21:41   #7 (permalink)
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I left mine on as well,

I actually brushed the paint on, instead of taping everything up. I gave them three coats with hi temp engine red paint. Though I have been told that normal enamel paint would have been ok.

Have to admit, painting them with a brush nearly killed me. I was so sore afterwards from lying on the garage floor!!!
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I think I will go for the paint on stuff. I might be painfull lying on the ground but worth it!!

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If you wish to remove the brake calipers, its quite easy. two or so bolts and the fall off. If you disconnect them completely, ie brake line then you will need to bleed the brakes after putting them back on.

So as so many have recommended beforre me. best to leave them on. tape up the disc etc and paint as is
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