Right, the next exciting installment. Rear brakes.
I know the last owner said the front calipers had been changed, and a handbrake cable, but nothing about the rear brakes. So lets have a look
Centre cap off on passenger side. Doesn't look too bad.
First view of the drum. Rusty, but not too bad.
Drum off, doesn't look too bad.
Shoes okay, lets have a closer look at the slave cylinder.
Shoes off to have an even closer look at the cylinder. Doesn't look damp.
Lets get the dust cover off and really see what it's like.
Oh dear, lets have a look at the other side
Well I'm not a pro mechanic but that I don't like and the LH piston is stuck solid. So, onto the bench we go, Extract the pistons with compressed air and a hammer, and this is what we have
Serious clean up and the cylinder and seals are not too bad, so its rebuild time. Now I have rebuilt loads of slaves over the years by cleaning up the seals and cylinders and having no problems, so lets try it again. New ones ordered just in case (£18 each + VAT - US Automotive).
All put back and brake bleeding time. Time to call in my lady Wife to monitor the and top up the level in the master cylinder.
Now I have seen some funny colour brake fluid, but this looks like stagnant pond water or is it LHM fluid. In fact I had to check the M/C cap to make sure it is brake fluid and not LHM fluid!
Heres where its starting to look a bit cleaner
Heres my trusty mityvac in operation and a comparison between the old and new fluid.
Other side tomorrow, but a last look at the wagon before I have a well deserved rest!
Oh, forgot to mention. Nobody told me it has self levelling rear suspension!
I wondered what that compressor on the front LH inner fender was!!
Front brakes check next. Last owner said these had been changed, and there is a spare new one in the back.