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    My right rear wheel cylinder seems to leaking profusely, judging by the large slick of silicon brake fluid on the garage floor and bottom half of the tire appearing to made of fresh new rubber?
    Can't seem to find my archive of rebuild kits/history for this item of the brake system, but if memory serves, I've only rebuilt one or both sides, only once in the past 45 years.
    A quick check of the Moss catalog shows little cost difference between a rebuild kit and a brand new, complete cylinder.
    My question is, are Classic Gold units reliable?
    Thanks for any input!
    CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
    2nd owner, since 1975
    Now in Fair Oaks, CA

  • #2
    I bought mine from TRF Bruce and had no issues.

    Cheers
    Tush
    81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
    73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
    62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
    60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO
    https://www.youtube.com/user/cheftush

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    • #3
      I thought I recall someone having clip fitment issues on some new ones recently.

      I cant recall.

      I replaced mine with a County Brand years ago and still holding.

      GWC1154 on the box
      Last edited by tr6harris; 10-17-2020, 08:06 PM.
      '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
      Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
      Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
      Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
      Redlines always.
      My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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      • #4
        Thanks guys!
        I found the old parts box from the last rebuild, with 1 new set of bits for one side and the record for last time each side was rebuilt: 2002 for the left and 1986 for the right.
        Think I'll just rebuild the existing, stock cylinder for now and avoid any fitment issues.
        Just have to buy a new floor jack, as the old one I inherited from the wife's ex, finally bit the dust earlier this year.
        It didn't go well with the new garage decor anyway.
        CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
        2nd owner, since 1975
        Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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        • #5
          Originally posted by baws View Post
          Thanks guys!
          I found the old parts box from the last rebuild, with 1 new set of bits for one side and the record for last time each side was rebuilt: 2002 for the left and 1986 for the right.
          Think I'll just rebuild the existing, stock cylinder for now and avoid any fitment issues.
          Just have to buy a new floor jack, as the old one I inherited from the wife's ex, finally bit the dust earlier this year.
          It didn't go well with the new garage decor anyway.
          As I recall, the "fitment issue" may have centered around difficulty getting all 3 locking plates in place. I believe one "trick" is to put the middle plate in last.

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          • #6
            It was something more unique than the common: middle-plate-in-last challenge.

            Wish I could find it....

            '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
            Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
            Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
            Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
            Redlines always.
            My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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            • #7
              I believe it was Dave who was having the issue....

              Cheers,
              Tush
              81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
              73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
              62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
              60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO
              https://www.youtube.com/user/cheftush

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              • #8
                $10 at Victoria. http://www.victoriabritish.com/features/t6/T6BR2.htm
                SR
                73 TR6. HT/AC/OD
                86 930
                91 535i

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                • #9
                  plus 1 on the replace. i owe you a call, Bruce.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by L.O. Guvna View Post
                    plus 1 on the replace. i owe you a call, Bruce.
                    Yes, you do! I have much more time on my hands now too.
                    CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                    2nd owner, since 1975
                    Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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                    • #11
                      Replaced the worn seal in cylinder without having to mess with the jigsaw puzzle retaining clip nightmare. If one just removes the E brake cable linkage, the lever will move out of the way enough to extract the piston from the cylinder.
                      Decided to go with a new set of drums from BPNW, the ones that mimic the Alfin drums. They are about 3 pounds heavier than the stock drums however.
                      Think I'll paint them red.
                      CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                      2nd owner, since 1975
                      Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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