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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Based upon your picture, you have the later auto-adjusting brakes. This is indicated by the large hex-head assembly in the brake shoe web.
On the whole, I prefer new cylinders over rebuilt. This is a single circuit brake system, and a single failure anywhere can take you out. More than once I’ve attempted to rebuild a 102 wheel cylinder and had the casting simply fall apart during disassembly. The characteristic appears to be a degree of porosity in the casting which allows corrosion to get started within the metal itself, leading to a sort of biscuit-dough nature. Even slight tapping with a wooden hammer will cause it to shatter.
It is probably not present in all castings, as I’ve rebuilt many others with no problem. Still, when the frequent mission includes climbing and descending the winding road up to Tahoe, new seems like a good choice.
You can send an email to Christian at OKP and tell him you have the late-style brakes. He’ll sort it out. If not, I’ve got a few used and probably rebuildable cores.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...