[DeTomaso] headlight rings/brakes

JDeRyke at aol.com JDeRyke at aol.com
Wed Jun 17 12:33:11 EDT 2009

FWIW, our '72 L has run 4-piston Wilwood Superlite 2s in front for more 
than 10 years with zero problems. They are extremely easy to mount to the 
Pantera and work well, but have no dust boots so no weather protection at all for 
the sensitive parts. For e-brakes in back, I use Wilwood mechanical 
calipers (meant for Go-Karts!) that interface to the stock Pantera e-brake cables. 
You must make your own caliper mounting brackets and do some other mounting 
chores. The little pucks with their steel-disc backings are loose in the 
Wilwood e-brake calipers, so at any speed you can hear them rattling from in 
the car. Marino Perna at Pantera East sells a nice kit of these (or similar) 
mechanical e-brake calipers to the Pantera. All my brake adaptions use 
stock-thickness 0.850"- wide x 11-1/2" dia vented rotors; for the heavier 
1.25"-thick GT-5-type rotors, precision spacers are needed between the halves of 
some calipers, or calipers specifically made for that thickness of rotor. And a 
warning: screwing around with brakes is serious business so if you have no 
experience in this game or aren't really sure what you're doing, go to the 
vendors for a kit. Spending a few bucks extra beats running under an 
18-wheeler trailer if you do something that doesn't work! FWIW- J Deryke

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