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    Preowned brake discs

    Thickness 9.1 mm. They came off a 2002 Smart 450 that has only clocked 20000 miles since new. Cleaned them up in my electrolytes tank and coated in Lidl cold galvanising paint.


    The discs that came off were getting thin only 7.9 mm thick.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    Nice job, that wlil be you sorted for quite a while then

    I find the drums on a Fortwo is always the rusty-est part of the car, making it ugly looking. They tend to rust just after two years old. I painted my 451 drums when I got the car secondhand at three years old, and just look at the rust, its real rough. I had to do the same when I owned my 450.

    I removed rust then painted with black hammerite, but have noticed many Fortwos with red or yellow paint on drums and calipers to make them stand out. I wanted the opposite, ie, clean but not really seen, so hence the black.
    (note: second picture has one wheel bolt in drum for hand turning purposes when painting, makes it easy).



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    There is no worse 5hite paint than Hammerite. Must be avoided just like lepers. Always use proper Lidl paints but make sure all rust is removed before painting. Rust removal by electrolyses works best.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    I am sure you have both investigated the radiant properties of the brake components before and after painting.

    Is rust "ugly"?

    If it aint broke, don't fix it.

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    Rust ugly?...Yes it is

    My Dad loved Fords back in the 70's and 80's so my brother and I followed suit, and these cars had big perforated holes in them by year three on doors, wings and boot, so I hated rust on cars. Always have.

    At least nowadays its not quite that bad, but any rust I see, I sort it out.

    PS..As for Hammerite paint, well I put that paint on four years ago (as seen in above picture), and it still looks as good as the day I put it on. Though I did paint it on thick with a brush, instead of using thin spray on paint in the can.

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    A Ford is the only car I have sheared a disc on. Escort mk2 estate and I could not believe how much it pulled to one side.

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    Fords back then were always full of faults, but at least in those days DIY was a lot easier and cheaper, as car mechanics and electrics was pretty basic stuff, and me and my Dad used to do clutch changes, propshaft changes, forever fixing the ignition systems to prevent damp, staggering and total failure at junctions when cold.

    Thats why I hate this modern start/stop technology in cars, because Ford beat them all to it, unintentionally by having crap ignition systems

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    Quote Originally Posted by colin2x2 View Post
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    Thats why I hate this modern start/stop technology in cars, because Ford beat them all to it, unintentionally by having crap ignition systems
    Maybe that's why I dislike the idea of stop/start too ..... I had enough problems getting my MKIII Cortina to start in the first place.

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    Ah, the MKIII, which was the american style Cortina, I had one of those, and eventually my Dad wanted mine when I was going to sell it. I did a swap for his Capri.

    A few facts about the MKIII Cortina....There was only six key combinations, as I lost my key, and the Ford guy brought out the six and opened the door for me. Plus later on, I actually open the door of another same coloured Cortina in a carpark, and then realised it was not mine, which was 50 feet further on

    This Ford was one of the first with a one speed fan assist ventilation system, (Oh, the luxury) and before that a lot of cars just used the ram effect of air to vent the car on the move. Funny thing was that as I had bought the car secondhand I did not know about the one speed fan, and you will recall it was hidden away on the hot/cold slider knob, which you had to pull out towards you, to switch the fan on.

    I was only told about it by another Cortina owner six months later after buying the car, that there was an electric fan. DOH!

    The joys of those early days of motoring
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    Quote Originally Posted by colin2x2 View Post
    I was only told about it by another Cortina owner six months later after buying the car, that there was an electric fan. DOH!

    The joys of those early days of motoring
    I didn't realise they sold more than one.

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