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Old 10-08-2006, 10:01 PM
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bendix 3 piston caliper

Found in a junkyard, 2 complete sets of disc brakes, with spindles, back plates, brackets, lines, steering arms (bolted). The only reference is Bendix stamped in the calipers. Non floating, 3 pistons (2 small ones on one side, a big one on the other, fluid deposits conected) single rotor. They look will fit straight out in 69 & 68 camaros & a 67 elky, but cant find any reference. Appreciate any help on info & rebuilding how to.

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I take it they were not attached to a car.......................if they are 69 Camaro disks, they are pretty rare.
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I take it they were not attached to a car.......................if they are 69 Camaro disks, they are pretty rare.
I`ve just been told they were attached to 70-72 Novas, possibly argentinian made, lots of them around here long ago. Bolted steering arm around 3/4 inch shorter than 69 camaro. Do GM ever use Bendix brakes?
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Here they go. Despite the Bendix logo I find out an "argentinian made" in the steering arm. Believe they may have used a Bendix matrix in Argentina to made it.
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So you're in Chile? I'm an AMC fan and know a good bit about the IKA built "Torino" which is a hybrid Rambler American/Classic with new front and rear end treatments, and new dash. The Torino used the trhee piston Bendix brakes as an option (stock on performance models). So they likely were made in Argentina and used on many other models to keep local content up (and taxes/tariffs down). Over here in the US most used the old four piston Bendix calipers up through 1970 or so. Those had the seals on the pistons instead of in the caliper body, and were prone to leaks as they wore. For some reason having hte seal in the body instead of on the pistons works better (probably larger seal area and different seal design). IIRC those three piston models are an improved design and have the seals in the body. I've never seen Bendix three piston brakes in a factory application in the US, but at least one of the aftermarket companies makes (or made) a three piston similar to those -- one large piston in the rear, two small ones in the front. This configuration was used for wheel clearance -- one large piston in front takes up to much room, plenty room in back! Three psitons take a little less time/effort to machine and assemble than four. No big deal for one or two, but for hundreds or thousands it adds up quick! You might want to check some Torino web sites. There are a few, mostly in Spanish. I recall one had the service manual pages with the brakes, but can't remember the URL.
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Thanks for the input Farna, you were just right. I found the page and saw an assembly drawing for those brakes. As you said, they were intended for performance use, so I believe its worth giving it a try. For sure were used on some Argentinian made: Torinos (ex American Motors Ramblers), Fairlanes, Novas and Falcons.
Torinos are coming back among car enthusiasts here in Chile, I know of 3 coupes in running condition, and saw 2 more in racing/resto working, with a Tornado 3 double Webers carbs sixliner engine
I just saw same calipers on a unknown144? Volvo front end (with different spindles).
We are installing them on a 68 Camaro and then try the 67 Elky which already has power brakes and dual reservoir, and will try a prop valve from a 75 Chevelle. Maybe machining original spindles (where the upper bolt goes) will work, keeping the whole steering.
Will post results.
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