Entry 38 – Rear Brake Calipers, Clevis Pin, Handbrake

Rear Brakes, Rotors and Calipers

Having stripped the front suspension, it was time to turn to the rear of the car. The first step was to remove the rear brake calipers from each side of the car. This entailed a few fairly easy steps. First, was disconnecting the LH handbrake cable assembly from the handbrake operating lever by pulling the split pin and removing the clevis pin. Second, disconnecting the hydraulic fluid pipe from the LH rear caliper.

LH Rear Hub

LH Rear Hub

LH Rear Caliper

LH Rear Caliper

LH Rear Caliper

LH Rear Caliper

Rear Handbrake Caliper

Rear Handbrake Caliper

LH Handbrake Clevis

LH Handbrake Clevis

LH Caliper Mounting

LH Caliper Mounting

The two 5/8” hex head bolts were drilled for safety wire. I removed the wire and removed the caliper bracket mounting bolts being careful to watch for rotor centering shims. I was then able to lift away the LH rear brake caliper. The LH caliper had no shims.

This process was then repeated for the RH side of the car. The RH caliper had several shims that were properly retained.

Rear Hubs

Removing the rear hubs, according to others who have restored MKIIs, is a difficult task. I began the process by removing the split pin in the axle shaft’s 1 1/4” slotted nut. I then applied both heat and considerable force gained by inserting my ratchet handle into a three foot long pipe to break the slotted nut free of the axle shaft.

LH Rear Axle Split Pin & Slotted Nut

LH Rear Axle Split Pin & Slotted Nut

Removal of Split Pin

Removal of Split Pin

Leverage for Hub Nut

Leverage for Hub Nut

Leverage for hub nut

Leverage for hub nut

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