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July 28, 2017, 11:34am Report to Moderator

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This guy has some NOS asbestos brake pads that should fit late GT6/TR6s and I believe by opening the pin holes will also fit Vitesse 2L and earlier GT6s. I contacted him and he sent the pics below so at 9 quid a throw delivered I thought Id give em a go to see if theyre an improvement on standard modern stuff.
Disclaimer: Ive not no connection with the seller and take no responsibility for this information or items listed.

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July 28, 2017, 2:18pm Report to Moderator

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Brake manufacturers are still trying to find as good all round a material as asbestos was for brakes.
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July 28, 2017, 2:27pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Folks,
              no matter how good a brake material it is you will be exposing yourself and others to a rather dangerous material.

Even big industry were banned from using it.  
Back in the 90's British Airways wanted new rudders for Concorde. They had to be made with a modern adhesive. This created new problems,

Reconsider using these brakes


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July 28, 2017, 2:50pm Report to Moderator

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Of course I will take necessary precautions but please bear in mind that you have a far higher chance of dying in the car driving it....
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July 28, 2017, 5:10pm Report to Moderator

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Ahem - belying my name at the bottom I am a retired Quality Manager of an asbestos testing and surveying company who was responsible for maintaining the accreditation of the company for whom I worked.  Six months after I left the company (retired) it was in such a mess with their new Quality Manager that it closed down .......

All the actions taken over the control of asbestos were done with good reason, and while handling a material where the asbestos content is tightly bound in the substrate as with brake pads and linings is less of a hazard it is the dust which created the problem.

There was a situation at one time where people who worked replacing brakes on a daily basis who had blown out the brake dust and inhaled the dust over a number of years were found to suffer from lung cancer - look some time before it clicked that they were suffering from asbestosis .....

As has been commented asbestos containing brake material is better than much of what is available at the moment but must be handled with car - I have some original asbestos ones which I intend to use BUT when I come to clean out the dust I will take all precautions to avoid contamination by the dust that my experience has taught me.  That includes drilling or filing the lining material to help with fitment.

And just to close, people still comment that blue and brown asbestos is dangerous but white asbestos is safe.  Oh yeh ........... no just takes longer to kill you!


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July 28, 2017, 6:07pm Report to Moderator

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Worth keeping in mind that old pads are, well... Old. They may not live up to expectations - it depends on how well all the components of the material have aged.

I've used asbestos pads and I'm quite happy to say items such as mintex 1144 can perform just as well.

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July 28, 2017, 7:44pm Report to Moderator

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One feature of the old asbestos brake pads was they didn't wear out your discs like the new everything from wood to metallic fillers pads do.
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July 28, 2017, 9:18pm Report to Moderator

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The big advantage for me is that these are 9 quid delivered as opposed to 60+ for M1144s
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July 28, 2017, 10:59pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from glang
The big advantage for me is that these are 9 quid delivered as opposed to 60+ for M1144s

I've run NOS asbestos brakes in my car for well over a decade. The price is right, the performance is very good, and Unipart are OEM quality.
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