Going to re-build my stock calipers this winter. Wondering about having the caliper bodies re-plated instead of painting. Has anyone tried this?

What exactly was the plated finish on the original calipers? Zinc? Yellow Zinc?Cadmium?

 

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I think they were painted black over cast iron. Nothing special- a rattle-can finish works fine. A few Euro show cars had front & rear calipers (and their brackets)  nickel plated.

IIRC Girling calipers from the late 60s/early 70s were mostly plated gold, not sure if this was zinc or cad.  I send my business to PMB Performance in Utah for yellow zinc, no affiliation but I've been happy with their work.  They are brake specialists, actually, but work w/ one plater in Salt Lake who seems to know how to decontaminate & prep these parts properly.  (When the plater doesn't do it right those dreaded white spots show up way too quickly!) I usually have the fasteners done in black zinc at the same time.

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Wilkinson has plated calipers that are correctly rebuilt and ready to bolt on.  His prices are amazingly friendly for these types of parts.  It would probably be a lot of work and likely be more expensive if one tried to duplicate what he has on the shelf that is ready to bolt on.  Here is a picture of the rears that he provided to me.  The fronts look even better but I have not yet installed them and thus no picture at this time.

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Steve,

Your caliper in the picture is on the wrong side. That is the right caliper.             The bleeder should be on the top.pantera rebuild [85)pantera rebuild [87)

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Inspiring.

I've already sourced the new pistons, seals etc., so I'm committed to rebuild my own.

I like the yellow zinc. There's one guy left nearby that still does cadmium, supposedly better for wear/friction than zinc?

Thank you.

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