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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 20th, 20, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Iíve had several brake boosters restored by Steve Gregori (brakeboosters.com) including our 68Z and the craftsmanship and quality was top level. Many might know Steve was ready to pass the torch and a good friend of mine, Mike Gibbons has purchased the business. Mike and Steve have been close friends for decades and Steve is working with Mike for a smooth transition. Mikeís talent and hands on approach will continue to serve the hobby.
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  • '68 RS, AA, 749, L30, M(uncie)20 (originally a 3spd), 15yr backburner resto........

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Why deleted Garth? Think u asked about restoration and it does take special tools to take a booster apart. Service manuals review what is needed to rebuild and of course the outside is replated. What always surprised me what someone would pay for a repro vs. having their original restored. If anyone has their original have it restored and forget the Chinese repro.

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No response for quite some time after I knew you had seen it, so figured it wasn't my business what it cost to restore your booster. lol

Speaking of the china booster, what are the obvious visuals that make them so easy to spot ? I hear folks commonly pointing them out just in the photos we see here. Price difference is obviously their big advantage over a restored GM booster.

Would like to restore mine as I know it's GM, and there use to be a guy locally that did it, but don't know if he's still around. I didn't see a ballpark price at the website you're advocating ? I know they have a high reputation on our Camaro forums...

  • '68 RS, AA, 749, L30, M(uncie)20 (originally a 3spd), 15yr backburner resto........
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Re: Brake Booster Restoration

Garth there's a couple of comparison pictures on Steve's website here: Reproduction vs. Original
I believe Mike may also take over the site, so it may be updated, but for now you should still be able to see it.
Also note some originals have the Delco Moraine stamp upside down below the check valve grommet, so another key difference to the reproductions.
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Good luck to the new owners. Steve did great work
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Excellent Tim, plain as can be when side by side....Now I'll be checking every booster I see and pointing them out in the What's it Worth section !

My car didn't have P.brakes originally and I got a booster off of a mid 70's Monte Carlo. Still works perfectly, but needs replating. Therefore it's hard to justify spending 3-400 on a rebuild, but I can't stand the thought of hanging anymore Chinese crap on it than I have to !!

BTW, did a search here on the D-M stamp (mine has it right side up btw) as I was thinking they were upside down at the 2 'oclock position (wrong) and noticed some reputable sources had said that 67-8 didn't have the stamp. And even more interestingly someone mentioned $145 for rebuild at brakeboosters.com....in 2010. It must be at least double that by now, eh ?

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interestingly someone mentioned $145 for rebuild at brakeboosters.com....in 2010. It must be at least double that by now, eh ?
Steve's recent pricing (via Products) stated:
"Most '64 & Up Boosters are $235.00 to rebuild and replate."
That was money well spent (at least in my experience), Steve's work was top quality and I'm sure Mike's attention to detail is no less focussed. But agree, horses for courses - a functional OEM part works fine for a driver, no cheap unreliable repro parts are necessary, and save the $$ for correct numbers restos

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Cool, somehow I didn't see that at the website earlier. Mine just has slight pitting just below the MC, so I might get off pretty reasonable. Still gonna check around locally though....

Thanks !

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Cool, somehow I didn't see that at the website earlier. Mine just has slight pitting just below the MC, so I might get off pretty reasonable. Still gonna check around locally though....

Thanks !
One of the reasons for delay after reading your question was itís been some years since my last booster was restored and went thru my paper file looking for the billing to communicate but no luck. Tim beat me to it but once u know the repro jumps out and again imo restore the original. And yes Mike will be taking over the website and updating it.

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