By Larry Baxter
My Triumph TR3 sports car needed new disk brake pads. I replaced them, but the little retention clips were rusted steel and broke off. Ever cavalier about the details, I left the pads unretained.
Later, driving on a very bumpy dirt road at excessive speed, one of the pads was ejected and I lost brakes. Coasting into my rural destination, I found no source of TR3 brake pads and instead cut one from ¾” plywood.
It got me home successfully, 90 miles, although after heavy braking the car smelled like woodsmoke. The pad had shrunk to 3/8″ of charcoal…