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Projects 55 Olds brake part question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Super88, May 27, 2015.

  1. Super88
    Joined: Nov 21, 2001
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    I have a 1955 Olds Super 88 with non-power brakes. I know I have at least one bad wheel cylinder and will probably replace all four to be on the safe side. Looking online, I'm finding the cylinders priced anywhere from less than $10 for AC Delco from Rock Auto to over $50 from sites specializing in vintage Olds parts. With the number of Olds owners on this site I'm sure someone must have done their brakes and have some feedback on cylinders.
     
  2. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Based on 50 years experience working on old cars I would buy name brand (Wagner or equivalent) parts at my local parts store or online if the local guys are dicks. I wouldn't use cheap Chinese parts especially brakes, especially on an old car with drum brakes and single master cylinder. You don't have any margin for error.

    The specialists buy their parts from the same sources and mark them up. I don't blame them that they can't compete with the big chains on price, I will buy from them and not resent it, but will support the local guy first if he will let me.
     
  3. I got the rear ones for my Ford at Rock Auto for a ridiculous price of like $4.25 each. All the choices were name-brands like Raybestos, Dorman, Wagner and so on. But in the end, they all had the same parent part number and were made off shore. So anything from RA is a lock to be made overseas. If the cylinders aren't too beat up, you may do well with rebuild kits. Anything from a Oldsmobile link is bound to be over priced and not necessarily made in the US either, unless they say so. A good price on those would be around $20-25.
     
  4. Rusty O'Toole
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    If they aren't corroded and pitted on the inside the kits are the way to go. Just clean them up nice and hone them and put the new parts in. Do not use Varsol or oil base solvent. Use alcohol or brake kleen spray and make sure they are dry. You don't even have to take them off the car.
     
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