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Riley 1.5 brakes

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:12 pm

Thanks for the heads-up Phil; I've successfully bid on them so I now need to know if there's anything untoward about fitting them to the car or if it really is as straightforward as the listing suggests. Also I'll probably need to refurbish the cylinders before fitting so I'll be looking to source a suitable kit - are these universal items or is it specific to the Riley 1.5?

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby philthehill » Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:09 am

Well done :D
Fitting the Riley brakes is absolutely straight forward and will give a vast improvement to braking efficiency.
I had them on my Minor for a long time before fitting the Marina disc brake set up.
The only problem I had with the Riley brakes is that the snail cam adjusters can come loose in the back plate but that is not a problem because there are plenty of repair kits available on 'e' bay.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLASSIC-CAR- ... SwFe1f0oL0
It may be prudent to get a set whilst they are available.
You may have to change the nut on both front brake pipes where they fit into the flex hose but that is easily overcome.


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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby arjay » Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:27 am

I had difficulty with the brake pipes and eventually fitted MGA ones. I bought all the bits: adjusters, cylinders etc from a supplier in the Midlands.

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:08 am

Thanks Phil for the reassuring confirmation about fitting them and also the tip about the snail cam adjusters etc. Thanks too, Arjay, for the note of your own experience in the matter; it's all helpful, confidence-building stuff and very welcome.

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby philthehill » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:16 am

Let us know how you get on fitting the Riley 1.5 brakes. Pictures of the conversion would be appreciated.
Brake cylinders are available on 'e' bay.
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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:28 am

OK Phil, will do, but fitting is unlikely to take place for a little while owing to the unappealing nature of having to do the job outdoors in the cold, wet, windy etc conditions that characterise this time of year!

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby philthehill » Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:56 am

You old softy :wink: :D


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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:20 pm

Guilty, as charged! :wink:

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby mobylette » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:08 pm

I fitted the Riley front brakes some years ago. This picture may help with the plumbing.
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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:41 pm

Thanks mobylette, that's a great photo and will certainly be a help when I set about the conversion.

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby philthehill » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:46 pm

Mobylette
I have sent you a PM.
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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby mobylette » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:53 pm

Close up of cylinder end of flexible pipe. That is a drop of water on the copper pipe, not brake fluid!
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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:23 am

I've now collected them; big old things aren't they! Unsurprisingly, they need new linings - where's the best place to get that job done? Any suggestions?

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby philthehill » Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:14 am

I would go for something like this:-
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RILEY-1-5-Sa ... Sw7hRegJ74

Whilst I do not know of the brand the seller has good positive feedback so worth a punt.

Here is a link to the brand:- http://www.mevspares.co.uk/

Those front brakes are big and they are efficient - a vast improvement over the Minor 7" drum set up.


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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:35 pm

Thanks for the advice Phil; I'm now inclined to go with the replacement shoes you pointed me to on eBay rather than send my existing shoes off to https://villiersservices.co.uk/index.ph ... cts_id=146 which had more or less been my intention.

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby mobylette » Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:12 pm

If you need new brake cylinders you will find them very difficult to source however they can be machined and sleeved and made better than new by these people:

http://www.pastparts.co.uk/index.php?ro ... ation_id=8

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:20 pm

Many thanks for that link mobylette, it may well prove to be a life-saver when I get to inspecting the cylinders; I'll let you know.

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby arjay » Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:02 pm

I have just looked back through my records and identified that I bought brake shoes, wheel cylinders, springs, brake pipes and adjusters from what was then Earlpart, in Heanor, Derbyshire in 2010. They now appear to be trading as longbridgemotorspares.co.uk although if you put in Earlpart it will come up, too.
In their former guise they were excellent. They might be worth a try.

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Re: Riley 1.5 brakes

Postby Myrtles Man » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:46 pm

Many thanks for that excellent link arjay; I've just had a look at their site and if they still carry that sort of stock (the site listing is dated Jan 2016) then they're clearly able to provide everything I could possibly need for the job. Again, thanks for the tip.


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