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Old 07-14-2019, 08:56 PM   #1
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1996 F53 Front Brake Dust Shields

Hi everyone,
Wondering if anyone has replaced their front brake dust shields on their F53? I have a 1996 F53 and the front shields are rusted badly and I need to replace them in order to pass a safety inspection. Problem is Ford tells me these front brake dust shields were discontinued without a replacement. I've been searching from something aftermarket but no luck yet.

Anyone have any ideas? Even if you have a diagram of front axle/hub with part numbers, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Take them off, throw them away. They donít do much for an RV anyway.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:53 PM   #3
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Take them, wire brush them and repaint. That should be good enough for a safety inspection, especially since these aren't really a safety issue.
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:17 PM   #4
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So funny thing....by saying rusty, I should have said non existent due to the amount of rust.
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Old 07-16-2019, 01:04 PM   #5
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This might be them.

https://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts...)&Location=pd:,
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Old 07-16-2019, 04:14 PM   #6
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Hi Randalpho,
Unfortunately these are rear shields which I've ordered as well. Still no luck finding the fronts.
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Old 07-16-2019, 04:40 PM   #7
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They list brake parts here that shows the drivers side front but no passenger side. Maybe this part fits both sides, are your front calipers both mounted on the back of the rotor or is the drivers on the back and the passenger on the front?

https://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts...html?PNC=2K004

Not cheap but maybe the part number will help your search.

https://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts...9tz2k005a.html
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They list brake parts here that shows the drivers side front but no passenger side. Maybe this part fits both sides, are your front calipers both mounted on the back of the rotor or is the drivers on the back and the passenger on the front?

https://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts...html?PNC=2K004

Not cheap but maybe the part number will help your search.

https://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts...9tz2k005a.html
Thanks! This looks like it could be them! I'll double check the calipers but I believe both are mounted on the back.
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I wonder if you took them to a sheet metal shop, and asked them to make a replacement. I needed a battery tray on my old MH, and they made me one for $20.00. It's still in there looking like new. Eddie Elk.
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Thanks! This looks like it could be them! I'll double check the calipers but I believe both are mounted on the back.
Yep both calipers on the back so will need to find different part numbers for each side.
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I wonder if you took them to a sheet metal shop, and asked them to make a replacement. I needed a battery tray on my old MH, and they made me one for $20.00. It's still in there looking like new. Eddie Elk.
I wish I could do this...but the dust shields are essentially non-existent because of the rust. The RV is new to me and I can't believe the amount of rust that is underneath. I have had to weld in several panels of sheet metal but luckily the frame is in good shape. I am somewhat baffled how a seasonal vehicle has so much rust. The previous owner drove the RV out of and back into Ontario, Canada during some colder months. I am guessing road salt sat on the undercarriage and over the years it really did a number to the areas with thin metal underneath. I'd be upset about the level of rust, but I paid a whole $2,500 for the RV so can't complain.
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Spray the rust with Jasco Prep & Primer. It can also be brushed on. It's phosphoric acid and chemically changes the rust back into metal. Not as strong as the original metal, but makes it stop rusting for one, and for two it accepts and holds paint if you feel the need. I do it once/twice on rusted parts and then forget it except to check once a year or so. It's stable and stays that way.

Of course I don't do something foolish like drive around the NE in winter either. I don't know what those people over there have against sand.
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Spray the rust with Jasco Prep & Primer. It can also be brushed on. It's phosphoric acid and chemically changes the rust back into metal. Not as strong as the original metal, but makes it stop rusting for one, and for two it accepts and holds paint if you feel the need. I do it once/twice on rusted parts and then forget it except to check once a year or so. It's stable and stays that way.
Good call on the phosphoric acid. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Call Arizona RV Salvage in Phoenix Arizona. They have lots of parts so maybe you will get lucky. Explain to the guy that you are unable to find new parts.
Also check with some truck wrecking yards as the brake parts on my '99 Winnie F53 are the same as an F450 or F550, can't remember which.

Another option is to call Sanderson Ford in Glendale Az and ask for Wade. He is an excellent and very knowledgeable parts person.
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