1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #02[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Way To Repair BrakesA Canadian inventor is doing a booming business with his new-style brake repair for GM vehicles.
Since last October, Jim Jones has already sold more than 30,000 of his "backing plate" kits for 1978-92 GM cars and light duty trucks fitted with 9 1/2 in. brakes. The kit allows you to simply cut away the brake backing plate and then bolt his 2-piece backing kit in place.
"Without this kit, it's a major repair. You have to pull the axle to get the plate off. If there's any problems - such as a broken bolt - the 2 to 3 hour job can easily take 5 hrs. Our plate is like a pie with one piece missing so you can slip it behind the hub without removing the axle. Fastens in place with two bolts and takes just 10 to 15 min. to cut off the old plate and install the new one. Besides the savings in labor, it costs less than the GM part," says Jones, noting that the problem first arose in 1978 when GM replaced their thicker brake-backing plate with a thinner one to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
Fits many Buick, Chevy, Oldsmobile and Pontiac models. Sells direct for $69.95. Jones is looking for distributors.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jones Brake Technologies, Inc., 130 Woodworth Ave., St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 3K1 Canada (ph 800 465-2451 or 519 631-5901).
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