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Old 01-11-2009, 09:59 AM
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Advices on brake system repair 78 Monte

Hello guys,
I would be very grateful if you share your experience with me.

I am going to repair my 78 Monte Carlo brake system. When the winter is gone�
The car was not driven for the last 10 years. Brake fluid is dark brown, front left brake caliper is blocked, the rear shoes are worn and there is no parking brake at all. It is not leaking and the car stops rather good.
It is going to be weekend driver, not any special requirements.
I plan to replace the following parts:
Brake pads
Brake shoes
Hydraulic hoses front and back
Repair calipers (repair kit)
Drum brake repair kit (includes all springs and pins)
Drum brake adjusting screw assembly
Wheel cylinders (rear)
Master cylinder
Replace parking brake cables
Change brake fluid

Do I need to replace anything else?

Also, brake lines are very rusty where connecting to hydraulic hoses. What can I do to unscrew them without breaking the lines?

Thank you for your help,

Ivo

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:53 PM
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unscrew rusty lines....

HI,go to NAPA and buy the brake line wrench,its open about 1/4 of the circumference,to go over the line..DO NOT use an adjustable wrench..
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Hi boatbob2,

I am in Bulgaria, Europe, so no NAPA here at all
I am ordering parts from rockauto.com as their shipping cost is reasonable and I am by myself doing the repair because these cars are very rare here
I think I have the type of wrench you mentioned. It is almost closed hexagon inside with a cut just to let the pipe in but not the nut. Am I correct?

Thanks,
Ivo
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The wrenches are called "flare nut wrenches".

As for other parts, you've covered most of it. I would also recommend getting a caliper mounting hardware kit and pins for the front (this includes the bushings, O-rings, and mounting pins). And since you'll be pulling the front rotors to have them surfaced, you should replace the wheel bearings and grease seals.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:26 AM
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flare wrench...

Hi Ivo,you are correct on the wrench,welcome aboard,that monte carlo is probably the only one there!!
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Hi joe_padavano,
Thanks for the info.
I have caliper mounting kit, just forgot to mention it.
I have this type of wrenches as well

Does anyone know for sure what thread size are bleeder screws for this car?

I see they sell metric and SAE thread sizes. My ones are so rusty that I cannot determine anything from them

Also, what is the size of banjo bolts front and rear?

Thank you,

Ivo
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