off to Resto Classics for the preservation work to begin…

vented Porsche 944 discs and Wilwood 4 pot calipers, what’s not to like!

Unfortunately it’s time to take the bus off the road briefly and get the underside cleaned up and protected against the UK weather. Along with the future protecting of the bus, I was going to use this opportunity to upgrade the front braking and steering system. My order of the Epoxy mastic 121 kit from Rustbuster had arrived along with the disc brake kit from Fellows Speedshop and my time slot with Resto Classics had arrived, so it was time to drop the bus off to them…

off to Resto Classics for the preservation work to begin…
off to Resto Classics for the preservation work to begin…

The guys at Resto Classics, were impressed by the quality of the Fellows Speedshop front disc kit engineering, and once the bus was up on the axle stands, soon had the front drum brake set up removed and the new Porsche 944 disc and Willwood caliper combo in place. Have to say it really does look the business! 🙂

billet hub of the Fellows Speedshop wide 5 brake kit
billet hub of the Fellows Speedshop wide 5 brake kit

Normally older buses would operate with a single reservoir master brake cylinder which provides pressure to both the front and rear systems. However, should something go wrong with the master cylinder, you can lose all braking power! With a dual reservoir master brake system, the pressure is split separately into front and rear, so if something were to go wrong, you should still have 50% braking in an emergency.

vented Porsche 944 discs and Willwood 4 pot calipers as part of the Fellows Speedshop wide 5 brake kit
vented Porsche 944 discs and Willwood 4 pot calipers as part of the Fellows Speedshop wide 5 brake kit

Fortunately, the bus had been previously converted from a single master brake cylinder to a dual master cylinder set up, so that was not an issue in my case. However, upon closer inspection they noticed it was not operating properly, so I would not have been getting full efficiency previously. Instead of messing around with it, the dual master cylinder was replaced with a new one whilst the brakes were getting replaced.

time to get busy cleaning up the underside of the bus…
time to get busy cleaning up the underside of the bus…

With all the excitement of seeing the sexy, shiny engineering of the disc brake kit getting fitted, it was easy to over look they less glamorous issue of getting the underside of the bus cleaned up and protected… time to crack out the wire brushes and get busy under the bus and get things cleaned up under there! I even said I could lend a hand with some of the grunt work, my body might end up regretting this decision…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: