Brakes on… finally…

Well the other half of my brakes have arrived from CAV and Jordi has delivered again by manufacturing very professional radial brackets and rotor hats to suit. I am hoping to have it on the road before Christmas so watch this space!

95% finished…

Wilwood 4 pot

When I ordered my demo CAV GT40 OZ Edition the standard brake package supplied with the kit were Wilwoods. Just before it was due to ship out of South Africa I read that some Australian engineers won’t sign out Wilwoods because they don’t have dust seals fitted to their calipers and I obviously didn’t want a situation where the brake package didn’t comply with the ADR’s.

My engineer was on holiday and not contactable so I couldn’t confirm if this was correct so I thought it would be best to delete the brake package from my order and deal with the brakes later seeing that it is one of the last parts fitted.

I continued with my build and was looking at other brake options such as Brembo, AP, and Baer when I discovered that Wilwood had decided to add dust seals on some of it’s calipers...”The addition of Wilwood’s exclusive wiper dust seal allows these calipers to be used in areas that may mandate environmental sealing.”

In conjunction with Jordi Reddy, CEO of CAV, we decided on which Wilwood dust seal brake package was the best option and I ordered them from the US in January 2021.

Because the new calipers were considerably different to the Wilwoods that were designed to fit the CAV uprights, Jordi had to design some new radial brackets and rotor hats to suit.

As Jordi only needed half the brake package to design the new parts, I shipped half to him inn South Africa and the other half to me in Australia. However there was a long hold up with getting the brake package out of the US as there has been a big backlog of orders at Wilwood due to Covid.

Front & rear calipers

Jordi finally received his half mid June and I received mine late June. Jordi didn’t waste any time in designing the brackets however again due to Covid, the machinist took some time to manufacture them.

The good news is that they are now ready to ship and I should have them in the next couple of weeks.

Front caliper and rotor
Rear caliper and rotor
Front 4 pot caliper and rotor
Rear 6 pot caliper and rotor

Hopefully my next post will be when I have fitted the brake package to my car and I can finally get it on the ground and driveable… exciting!


New tyres…

Finally got around to buying some tyres as looking forward to actually getting this beast on the ground!

Like many things there is a tyre shortage in Australia especially for fairly uncommon sizes like my 315/35/17’s on the rear. The 225/45/17’s for the front are easy to find and reasonably priced. Other than my preferred look and to be able to fit bigger brakes, reasonable cost was also a factor in choosing 17′ wheels.

Nitto 315/35/17
Nitto 225/45/17
Just waiting for brakes….

Getting there…

I’m 90% finished but still waiting for my new Wilwood brakes from the US. Wilwood has been snowed under with orders and with hold ups in manufacturing due to Covid it has been a long wait.

In the meantime I am finishing off the interior and exterior trim and all the other bits and pieces…

Bulkhead glass
Bulkhead carpet
Centre console
Rear clamshell vents