The Fairlane Chronicles!

This is the first time that I had done work like this on a car. From the photos you can see I redid the braking system from front to back. This is all in an effort to get the car ready for a current safety prior to registering this spring. Are you seated?? Some of the images....and yes there are many are pretty GRAPHIC.......or should I say colourful!! I did a complete brake job including all wheel cylinders, lining, rear brake lines, front brake hoses, master cylinder and poured in some Dot 5 silicone brake fluid.



The Work BEGINS!!!

Under the Hood!
  • A shot of the front brakes before I started to dismantle the parts.
  • As you can see the wheel cylinders were leaking and linings were pretty thin. I noticed at time of dismantling how each of the springs were a different colour sooooo....... well you will see!
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  • I took the front down to the spindles, and in the process of bead blasting and repainting all the parts prior to reassembly.
  • You can see the various parts of the front suspension as well in here..looking rather shabby and will be prime for an uplift SOON!!
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  • You can see here that I cleaned up the backing plates and here is the new wheel cylinder installed ...
  • Almost ready for the linings.... now WHAT COLOUR GOES WHERE??
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  • Well here you can see the right front put back together.......
  • Who needs Christmas lights eh???
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  • Here is the left front back together with the hub installed again. This was a real adventure for me. As you might know the front drums and hubs are originally pressed as one. The drums were mic'ed at .180 over spec so ....they had to be changed. This means that the hubs had to be pressed off the old drums and new wheel studs installed. At least the next time it wont be too hard to do the brakes!!
  • Thanks to the expertise and parts from Mid-Canada Suspension, I was able to find NOS parts for all the brake redo.
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  • Here is the new left front in place.... wow... and it still TURNS..I did change all the bearings and seals in the hub
  • I had a visitor this day...... Safety Inspector maybe??
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  • It is time to do the back now!!.. here you can see the process has already started with the removal of various parts and .... YIKES...
  • The AXLES!!! I cleaned up all the parts..installed new axle bearings and seals before reinstall.
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  • Most of the time I took photos, so that I could remind myself of where all the parts went back too.
  • I did purchase the 62 Manual and 63 Supplement..but sometimes I still got turned around!! Front to BACK???
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  • Well the front couldnt out do the back ...so yes I colour coded the springs and parts so that it would be easy to identify.
  • I cant wait to see the look on the guys face that does the safety and does the brake check to see if all things are done RIGHT!!!
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  • Here is a shot of the NOS master cylinder I installed. Check out the copper top...... did I hear EverReady??
  • This was quite the story and bears to be told here. I had the parts for this task for about 2 1/2 months before I started....er should I say got up the courage to start. The last task was to install the master cylinder. well to make a long story a little shorter, I installed .. tried to prime and found that parts were missing..after 3 more attempts and a complete kit..I finally got it to pump the fluid and it works great.... lots of pedal now!!
Under the Hood!
  • I tried to give you a look at the emergency brake cable equalizer that I installed after completion of the brakes.
  • A little dark but what do you expect with chassis black......