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Old 05-09-2019, 09:55 AM
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Brake caliper confusion 280se

Iím trying to get front brake calipers for my 72 280se 4.5 (built 5/71) The identity plate states itís a 108.067 but, when looking at parts they refer to fitting up to chassis 081818. (I donít have part number) How does this format relate to my 108.067?

Also, any thought on rebuilt calipers vs new besides cost 😎

Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:51 AM
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Take them to your local NAPA store and they will get them rebuilt for you. Should be less than 100 each.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:38 AM
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:46 PM
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I always have used reman calipers, never have had an issue. Just get them from a reputable parts supplier.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:16 PM
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If the last six of your VIN or chassis number is 000001-081818 they should fit. If the last six are 081819 or higher they should not fit.

They are referring to the numerical sequence of your specific car as it rolled off the production line completed vs. the model chassis engine type e.g., 108.067.

If going rebuilt, keep your old calipers until the new ones are installed and working well.

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Old 05-11-2019, 12:21 PM
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Pelican has the front caliper from chassis 081819 up for about $150 each.

Be sure to check your numbers. The body number can be different from the chassis number since they were considered two different assemblies at the time.

The chassis number is the one you need to use when buying parts for the chassis.

By the way... Early cars used almost nothing but ATE brakes. Some later cars used Bendix. Both work great, they just fit a bit different.

Lean to your own understanding on this. When these parts are close to a VIN break you need to watch out since the parts sellers might not be as wise about these things as you need to be. The more you know about what you need the easier it is to get the right part the first time.
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Old 05-11-2019, 12:35 PM
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Idle x2...

Get all the numbers of your car, chassis, VIN, motor, trans, even the diff if you can. At some point you'll likely need them for parts ordering. Put the numbers in your maintenance book.

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