Caliper piston seized

This whole thread makes me realize how dumb I was for not noticing that my front brakes were dragging, and about to lock up. I say that because, the dude had recently washed the truck before I bought it, but the front wheels were basically black after just 300 miles of driving.

That was me when I first started to notice it, lots of brake dust on the front wheels, the smell of the brakes when I was driving and the drag the truck had when you would let off the throttle. Then read here on the forums that it’s a common problem. So I knew I had to take the time and rebuild them. But it all comes with the territory with owning one of these beast!
 
Taped up and ready for paint.
 

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A few more coats of paint and should be ready for the rebuild.
 

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Tapes off and looking pretty good. Just need to clean a few things with brake cleaner and should be good for the rebuild.
 

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Rebuild complete, have to wait til Tuesday or Wednesday to put them on. I decided to put new parking brake shoes and hardware as well. I said might as well knock it out and don’t have to do anything brake related for a few years.
 

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I noticed you simply cleaned and roughed up the paint a little before painting the fronts - how are they holding up? I ask, because that's about all I did prior to paint (degreased and roughed up a little with a wire wheel.) Also, what paint did you use? I used VHT Caliper Paint.
 
I noticed you simply cleaned and roughed up the paint a little before painting the fronts - how are they holding up? I ask, because that's about all I did prior to paint (degreased and roughed up a little with a wire wheel.) Also, what paint did you use? I used VHT Caliper Paint.

They’re holding up really good, that’s how I did my front calipers also. I used the Duplicolor caliper paint kit.
 

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Parking shoes and hardware finally came in today.
 

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Decided to at least do the driver side parking brake shoes. The old hardware was definitely showing its age and with a lot of rust. Cleaned it up with a brush and some brake fluid, the shoes still had some meat on them but we’re definitely aged(16yrs).
 

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Decided to at least finish the driver side, still have to finish the passenger side, bleed the brakes and just enjoy the truck again!
 

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Decided to at least finish the driver side, still have to finish the passenger side, bleed the brakes and just enjoy the truck again!

Great work dude! Got a quick question - do you remember the torque for the 18mm bolts that hold the front calipers to the steering knuckle? Also, what about the smaller Allen bolts that hold the (2) halves of the front calipers together? I've heard 130ft lbs and 65ft lbs respectively, but idk.
 
Great work dude! Got a quick question - do you remember the torque for the 18mm bolts that hold the front calipers to the steering knuckle? Also, what about the smaller Allen bolts that hold the (2) halves of the front calipers together? I've heard 130ft lbs and 65ft lbs respectively, but idk.

Thanks, that I don’t really know. I just kind of gauged it, I believe theres a shop manual here on the forums for free. Ill see if I can find it and I’ll post it.
 
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