While driving our Corvettes, we often forget about all of the components that consistently operate without giving us a lick of trouble. That is, until they no longer perform as they should. Like the often-overlooked disk brake calipers on 65-82 Corvettes. These forgotten-till-broken components can be restored to like-new operation but, depending on what components need to be replaced, you may be further ahead financially if you buy remanufactured calipers. If you want to keep the original calipers, you can rebuild them yourself. Theres a right way and a wrong way to rebuild calipers, so we went to Dewey Hendricks of Deweys Just Vettes in Longwood, Florida, to find out the right way to do it.
Once you have the entire brake system hooked up, you can start to bleed the system. Dewey suggests opening all of the bleeders and filling the master cylinder. Let the system gravity bleed for about half an hour, and keep checking so the master-cylinder reservoir doesnt go empty of brake fluid. Close all of the bleeders and then bleed the system as usual. For that added protection, Dewey goes around and taps each caliper with a plastic mallet, and then bleeds the system again just to make sure no air bubbles are stuck to the inside of the calipers.
If you follow these steps and exhibit care and patience, youll have a set of binders that will be as good as the day GM built them.