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wheel cylinders
#1167203 Fri May 27 2016 06:08 PM
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only 1 place in America can I find front wheel cylinders for my 55 1st series coe. it's a 5100 series 2 ton with cylinder # 5454 385 and a 7/8 bore. the lovely and talented spanky hary hooked me up with a guy in Massachusetts who had he cylinders, but wanted to sell me everything for the front axle. the truck has been converted to roller bearings and the seals look great. believe it or not, napa had the new shoes. I just need the cylinders. jim carter, my go to guy, doesn't have the cylinders and can't get them but has 1 inch cylinders. i'm not one to mess with brakes, so, i'm leery. I want to drive a stovebolt and not get killed in one. any ideas?

Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167208 Fri May 27 2016 07:43 PM
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Do you have the old cylinders? Can you rebuild them? Napa had the kits for the front cylinders on my 58 6400 2-ton. They have a 7/8 bore. (UP129). If the bore on the cylinders is too bad, you can get them bored oversize and a stainless sleeve put in.


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Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167217 Fri May 27 2016 10:06 PM
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the bore is pitted pretty bad. who does the sleeves?

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Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167227 Fri May 27 2016 11:03 PM
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I'm not entirely sure, there are some threads on the site about sleeving cylinders though.


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Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167253 Sat May 28 2016 03:03 AM
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Do a google search for "wheel cylinder resleeving" and you'll find lots of shops that can do it...three that come to mind are Apple Hydraulics, White Post Restoration and Karps...I'm sure there are others.

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koolkar #1167259 Sat May 28 2016 03:22 AM
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Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167272 Sat May 28 2016 05:48 AM
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Not sure what you said. Carter has some that fit but are 1"? Is that the leery part?

If the 1" bore cylinders fit the mounting holes and space, they are OK to use.


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koolkar #1167493 Mon May 30 2016 03:05 PM
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gonna resleeve. jim carters parts guy said they don't have any. thanks all.

Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167511 Mon May 30 2016 05:18 PM
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Hey yo Koolkar, So you're saying Alretta had the wheel cylinders, but wouldn't sell them to you. A friend of mine just purchased front wheel cylinders for his '53 model Chevy 5400 series COE from them, back before Christmas with no problems. I've been sending them business for years. If something has changed with them, i'll stop mentioning them to anyone. Oh yeah, I might be talented when it comes to old trucks, but not lovely. Lol


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Re: wheel cylinders
koolkar #1167926 Thu Jun 02 2016 06:59 PM
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These show up on eBay from time to time - NOS. Try checking there.


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