So, if there was good parts for Euro cars, but I you had to know what you bought, with American cars it was more straight forward back then. But that was back then. Things have changed. It is sad to see how many of the old famous solid American brands have fell into El-cheapo category. Only the name is left of the old glory. Sometimes I wonder if there is a one single god damn automotive parts factory left in whole USA. I'm graving for the affordable yet reliable American-made quality parts.
This project shows well how things have changed. None of the brake parts are American made. None! Old american brands, of course, but every single piece I bought is made in China. Not even Canada like it sometimes was back then, or Mexico that was very common few years back. But made in China. Every piece. I must mention that I have nothing against manufacturing in China. I have even bought a ton of automotive pars directly from Chinese manufacturers and never had problem, so I know Chinese can make good quality too. If you are willing to pay for it.... For me it seems like Chinese make exactly what you order and pay for. If you order the cheapest junk, they deliver just that. If you order the good stuff at slightly higher price, they deliver you that. I think it just that simple. And for me it seems like most western companies went to China manufacturing only to cut the cost and make more profit... So, now we consumers are facing the dilemma that we can not know what is inside the package. Who made it, where, for who and according to what standards what so ever. The brand don't tell much anymore :/
Well...That was that. Now Signets brakes are done. Completely done and the time will tell how long will they last. Just yesterday I finally had time to go garage to make the last two brake lines, install one hand brake cable and bleed the system. What can I say... "dry testing" is promising! Pedal feels firm with nice about 2cm free travel before brakes "bite" and no leaks or any other visible problems. Even hand brake feels like new and locks up rear wheels nicely with very moderate pull from the handle. I'm happy! One big step is taken again with this project again and now it's time to turn next page. I think that is going to be about the electric system... :)
In this final step completing the brakes was not much to foto Or describe. But here is some few pictures that I took...