1965-1982 Corvette Disc Brake Installation
OverviewSection: C3 Brakes
Right now, most 1973-1982 Corvettes are in that middle ground between ultra-collectible and new. They’re still Corvettes, which makes them desirable and prestigious, yet they haven’t reached the value and collectability of the earlier cars. That’s not a bad thing, because these mid-models are still affordable as used cars, a fact that explains why you [...]
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Right now, most 1973-1982 Corvettes are in that middle ground between ultra-collectible and new. They’re still Corvettes, which makes them desirable and prestigious, yet they haven’t reached the value and collectability of the earlier cars. That’s not a bad thing, because these mid-models are still affordable as used cars, a fact that explains why you see so many on the road, with many still utilized as everyday drivers. Using the cars also uses them up, but thanks to the proliferation of parts on the market today, it’s easy to keep these older Corvettes in good street-shape.Plus, they’re actually fairly easy to work on, which makes them a favorite for backyard mechanics.
The 4-wheel disc brakes on these Corvettes, which actually incorporate a span of 1965-82 models, are frequent maintenance items, especially the original-style calipers that can stick, squeal, or just plain wear out. Zip Corvette Parts has Brake Caliper Kits – you can replace the calipers in an afternoon with regular hand tools and some mechanical knowledge. The kit comes with everything needed to replace the original calipers – four stainless-sleeved calipers with OEM replacement pads, DOT-approved hoses, trailing arm brake lines and brake pad installation pins. You even get a quart of heavy-duty, DOT 3 brake fluid. Upgrades are also available; like o-ring calipers, stainless braided hoses, semi-metallic or carbon-metallic pads and silicone brake fluid. Other braking components, like rotors and master cylinders, can also be obtained from Zip.
The calipers are remanufactured with 4-micron finished stainless steel sleeves to resist corrosion. Supplied painted with a long-lasting epoxy paint, the calipers come fully assembled with new pistons, springs, seals, dust boots, o-rings and stainless steel bleeders. Contact Zip for pricing and core-charge information.
CorvetteMagazine.com thought a 1974 Corvette was the perfect candidate for the brake caliper overhaul. Although equipped previously with slotted rotors, the older OEM calipers were in much need of replacement, as evidenced by the groaning and squealing noises whenever the brakes were applied.
Source: Zip Corvette Parts
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