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terryke5hwe Terry Halbert
Rogers, AR - Arkansas, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500 "Blue Eyes"
1979 MG MGB "Money Pit!"
It's been fun getting the 79 Midget on the road, lot's of curvy road's in N.W. Arkansas. I jacked up the rear to replace the hand brake assembly which is not working. What got my attention was brake fluid on a rear wheel, blown cylinder. A real what if moment for sure! O'Reillys has one for $32.99, and Moss show's same for $10.99..

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thebeav55 Paul W
Tonawanda, NY, USA   USA
I bought mine from Moss a couple of years ago. I don't remember them being that inexpensive though. They've been running great for a couple of years now.
Paul

terryke5hwe Terry Halbert
Rogers, AR - Arkansas, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500 "Blue Eyes"
1979 MG MGB "Money Pit!"
I didn't want to wait so I got the parts from O'REILLYS, says made in Italy,.

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yycmidget Dave B
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
I just redid my 1979 Midget's rear brakes (cylinders, shoes, springs) and used the VB kit. Each wheel cylinder came with a pair of "e-clips" to retain the wheel cylinder in the backing plate. Save yourself a lot of grief if you get the e-clips and leave them in the box. Re-use the wave washer and circlip (or buy new ones from a hardware supplier - there is another thread that give specs). The e-clip is quite painful to deal with - the normal approach is to fight with pliers or screwdrivers until they either seat or go flying across the garage and disappear. Or you can order a special tool from Moss (386-185) - that doesn't really work.

At least it didn't on my '79. I'm sure the tool is fine and could work - but not on my car. The end flange where the axle attaches to the backing plate is too close to the wheel cylinder for the e-clip to seat. When I ground the edge down until it would fit, the e-clip was weakened enough that it bent out of shape before it would seat properly. First two photos show the interference, third photo is the wave washer and circlip. I wire brushed the surface rust off the old washer and circlip then used a bit of anti-seize when I reinstalled them.



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Dave


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Meredith Jon M
Harper ferry, WV, USA   USA
Good advice Dave. I purchased these at Tractor Supply Plus for $1.00 they installed easily and fit perfectly.
Clip supplied with wheel cylinder is on the right. E clip is on the left



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Meredith Jon M
Harper ferry, WV, USA   USA
Recently I purchased two wheel cylinders and both were manufactured in Italy

Regards

Jon

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yycmidget Dave B
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
Jon,
The darker coloured e-clip looks like it would work - I'll have to keep an eye out for that style. The larger silver one appears similar to what was supplied in the rear brake kit that I purchased.



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Dave

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terryke5hwe Terry Halbert
Rogers, AR - Arkansas, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500 "Blue Eyes"
1979 MG MGB "Money Pit!"
I used a snap ring to install mine and it sure was easier than the e-clip! I fought those on my 1979 MGB and said never again...

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