Chances are likely that you’ve performed your share of brake jobs. Whether it’s a daily driver, a hot rod, or an old truck, a good day’s work (as long as things go smoothly) can give you a sense of satisfaction that your vehicle will now be safe and dependable for thousands of miles. But what if you buy an old car that runs and drives great but looks terrible underneath? No matter how nice it drives, you’ll pick away at the details until the appearance meets your standard. Some might use this as an excuse to upgrade to an aftermarket big brake kit. We were pleased with the performance and simply wanted a new look.
The car we’re working on already has disc brakes that work nicely. Upon inspection, the rotors look a little worn but they still function properly and have many more miles of service ahead of them. However, when we decided to swap to a new set of wheels, we realized that everything in the wheel well shared the same shade of rust. This was especially apparent after we slid a new wheel over the studs and saw the crusty old brake caliper making itself visible between the spokes. It was time for a quick fix that would not only help our immediate dilemma, but also prevent rust from damaging the components.
Our search sent us to Summit Racing and we immediately found an extremely affordable option produced by POR-15. It’s a caliper painting kit (PN POI-42839) and it included everything we needed for a quick refresh on our brake calipers. We also wanted to freshen the inner fender, framerail, and suspension pieces, so we grabbed a can of Summit RacingRubberized Undercoating (PN SUM-941232). Our bill came out to about $50 and the materials arrived a couple days later. After a few hours of work we were able to make a huge difference in our hot rod project for less money than it takes to fill the gas tank. MR