Datsun 1500 Front Brake Cylinders

Datsun 1500 SPL310 Empty Front Wheel Cylinder

PIC OF FRONT WHEEL CYLINDER EMPTY HOUSING (and parts)

As of 2018 we have exhausted our "lifetime supply" of front wheel cylinders and they don't come very often from Japan anymore. When they do; they are more often than not very old. We have set the ones aside where we could verify the age. Sometimes you want to rebuild your cylinders but there is some sort of wear internally; ( from 50+ years of normal use.)

In some cases you will be able to buy a new empty cylinder housing. Price will include a fresh Nissan rubber kit (3pc) plus the sealing washer for you or your mechanic to install. Housings ARE EMPTY. No bleeder or extension fittings, piston, internal spring if present, or metal spring cup. Please order those separately as needed if your old ones are not serviceable. (Listed below).

Some cylinders came with springs some didn't. Originally there were two brands used; Tokiko and Nabco. The internal parts are supposed to be different but the kits have been used interchangeable which is not "correct" but seems to work. Most of these cylinders are of unknown brands. They are too old to be from anywhere but Japan. Some are Miyaco which is another good company. Many companies would grind off the Nabco etc. name so they couldn't get in trouble selling them; but sometimes I think they ground the cylinder so it would LOOK like they had ground off "Nabco" or "Tokiko".

Before removing any of your cylinders I suggest taking some pictures of both sides of the brake backing plate. Upon reassembly; note which position has the bleeder and which position has the brake line. They are not usually interchangeable. If you look down in each hole you can see what I'm talking about.

Clean your parts with clean brake fluid and do not reuse it for anything but cleaning. Blow out passageways with compressed air (and goggles.) Typically these old cylinders will have old brake fluid residue that resembles dried honey. Reassemble with clean brake fluid or a little "brake grease" that is DESIGNED for assembling brake seals. I've always just used brake fluid; but I'm kind of stuck in the 60s.

There is another interesting tidbit I've never solved the mystery of... I've taken apart some cylinders on SOME cars and the bleeders have had a tiny ball under them like the 1600's and 2000s use on their front cylinder bleeders. Not that many but enough to make me think it was not just a mechanic doing it. The construction in the cylinder meets the bleeder sure LOOKS like it should have a ball as the cylinder has a conical depression and the bleeders are typically just flat.

PICS OF NO LONGER AVAILABLE CYLINDER ASSEMBLIES
(Left Up to Help You Identify Yours )

FRONT CYLINDER #411-00A
RH Foreward (Lower) 1"
Aftermarket

FRONT CYLINDER #411-02
LH Foreward (Lower) 1"
From Nissan

FRONT CYLINDER #411-01
RH Rearward (Upper) 15/16"
From Nissan

FRONT CYLINDER #411-03A
LH Rearward (Upper) 1"
Aftermarket

All Items Below are Aftermarket

PART#

DESCRIPTION (Part #s and Pics coming soon)

COST

411

Piston, 1" AFT

$4

411

Spring and Seat AFT

$4

411

Spring Seat AFT

$6

460-18

Bleeder for Rearward Cyls AFT

$12

411-05

Bleeder, for Foreward Cyls AFT

$8

411

Extension AFT

$4

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