Hello folks -
While I am still not 100% sure I’ll actually restore this car, I am continuing to “tinker”, and so I’d like your thoughts on the brakes.
When I bought the car, I was told the brakes had been rebuilt, and to some degree that looks like a “maybe”. Some lines look newer, there are old brake caliper parts in a box and the vacuum canister and vacuum servo had been removed (Don’t ask why, I have absolutely no idea why that would be a good idea - the brakes were virtually unusable). All this tells me that someone certainly did something to the brakes, and crazy or not, the lines were plumbed well to bypass the missing servo. That said, a power brake system that’s missing its “power” is very hard to use and this was not at all a road-worthy condition.
I replaced the servo and the vacuum canister, everything seemed to work - in fact I’d say the brakes were outstanding…for about a month. I then noticed a leak in the rear passenger side caliper, followed by a leak in the front driver’s side, and at this point most of the brake fluid has leaked out and the brakes were understandably soft beforehand.
So my question is this - do I replace the seals on the calipers, or just get new calipers? When I did this last on my '65, I went with Coopercraft brakes, but that’s a spendy option. That said, I am not into doing the job twice, so can anyone speak to their successes or challenges in replacing caliper seals? Better to just bite the bullet and get four new calipers?