Anyone who has ever purchased an Isetta or BMW 600 has at one time or another faced the fact that years of sitting round take their toll on the brake cylinders. All of my cars at one time or another developed leaks at the wheel cylinders. In the late 60's and early 70's when I first started driving and working on these cars you could hone them and hopefully stop the leak. Eventually, this no longer worked as the rust pits got deeper and the cylinders had to be replaced. Back then replacing the wheel cylinders or even the master cylinder was not that big of a deal. Cylinders were still available and at a relatively low price. Today, original ATE wheel cylinders are almost impossible to find. There are some non-original cylinders out there for sale, but they are not exactly the same as the originals. Fortunately, there is an alternative, you can have the cylinders lined with brass and return them to good operating condition.
If you are interested in attempting this process yourself click here to download a set of instruction for this process. These instructions are also available on my 300 and 600 download pages. If you do not feel comfortable attempting this process, I will perform this for you for $75.00 each. I do require that you have a rebuildable cylinder. As long as the pistons have not been damaged, or the bleeder screw / threads have not been damaged beyond repair, this fee is good. Recently, I have developed a process for relining the master brake cylinders as well. This is not discussed in the download material, but the process is similar for the master cylinders. The cost to rebuild a master cylinder is normally $175.00 with a usable core. If the threaded rod is missing or broken, the cost is slightly higher.
Below is a sample of what the cylinders look like after rebuilding.
I have converted over to include powder coating of all wheel and master cylinders. All items being shipped now are powder coated. All wheel cylinders are being shipped with new bleeder screws and original style dust caps.
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This service is no longer offered. I do have a few master cylinders available that I am offering at a price of $150.00. These cylinder are rebuilt with a brass sleeve and new internals. The external of these units have been powder coated a gloss black.