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Mildly alarming brake question: Would two left caliper brackets work?
segfaultxr7 Offline
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I have an 88 TC.. I have a right rear caliper bracket with a snapped pin jammed inside, and a good left rear caliper bracket. They look totally identical except that when I hold them the same way, one has a little flat area on the bottom with "RH" stamped in it, and the other has the flat area on top, stamped with "LH".

I bolted up the LH bracket on the right side just to see why it wouldn't work, and I can't figure it out! The pads fit inside perfectly and are right on the rotors where they should be, the caliper bolts up fine, I can't see anywhere that it would interfere.. What gives? I'm hesitant to put it back together and actually drive it since I can't help but think they stamped them LH and RH for a good reason! Would it work OK as is?

The reason I'm asking is because I can't find a caliper bracket in a JY or parts store. I called an out of town Ford dealer (the local one is closed), and they want ****$400**** for one.
88 TC 5-speed
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Noname
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That ford dealer is either trying to rip you off or doesnt know what your talking about.

i paid 40$ cannadian each for new ones.
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segfaultxr7 Offline
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Whoa! I'm glad they're not expensive then. Thanks for that info. This dealer quoted me $397 and change, and said it would only work if the car was built before 5/88. I thought that was weird. I don't think they were trying to rip me off since the guy suggested that I try a junkyard, I guess he just looked up the wrong part.

Good thing too, I took the left caliper out and one of its pins was just as bad. I put the stuck pin in a bench vise and beat on the bracket with a hammer and a baseball bat. Ended up breaking the bracket!! So, I'll put the left one where it belongs and get a new RH bracket.
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Noname
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Guys, To remove those stuck pins,put a nut on top of the broken end of the pin and weld the pin to the nut. Let it cool completely, give it a shot of WD-40, put a wrench on the nut and work it back and forth till it loosens up and will come out. BTW the pins at NAPA are half the cost at Ford. [Image: biggrin.gif]

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