FOUND on eBAY: Callahan Brake Pads

Tommy_Boy (2)In the 1995 Movie Tommy Boy, the main characters are on the road trying to sell a new line of aftermarket brake pads to distributors and jobbers. The line went by the name of Callahan Brakes. The brake pads were sold as the best money could buy and made in Sandusky, OH (the movie was filmed in Toronto). It is one of my favorite films of all time.

Holy shnikes! I was stunned when I was cruising eBay for some parts for my Rambler American when I saw an auction for a set of brake rotors made by Callahan Brakes. The logo was the same as in the movie, but the parts are probably made overseas.

If you try to find more information

callahan brake padson Callahan brakes you will not find a company website, all you will find are the listings on eBay and forum post complaining about the quality of the parts.

It really has me wondering if someone did this out of nostalgia or did some one overseas think that the movie Tommy Boy was a documentary about a real brake company? The world may never know…

But even without  looking at a butcher’s ass by sticking your head up there you can see that these brakes might not be the same ones from the movie.

From the Movie:callahan plant




From the eBay Auction:callahan logo




My favorite scene:

  • Joseph

    I did some research on this company and they are shipped out of chicago,il .

  • Brandon

    Ok guys so here’s the scoop on Callahan Brakes. Callahan
    Brake Parts is not a real company, but the name and logo have been
    trademarked by Power Stop LLC. Power Stop, LLC produces brake products for trucks, SUV’s, muscle cars, and sport compacts. It offers disc brake pads, and cross-drilled and slotted rotors. The company has distribution centers in Chicago, Illinois; and California. Power Stop, LLC was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Bedford Park, Illinois. Also, the company does not seem to be an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau either, in fact they have a few unresolved complaints against them there. Callahan Brake Parts just
    seems to be a ploy by Power Stop to drum up business. It seems that they use this tactic quit often and have a number of other brands, names, and logos trademarked. All of which, can most likely be found on Ebay and Amazon. I can not and will not attest to the quality and performance of their products, because I have not personally used them. But I think it is only fair that we know from whom we are purchasing our goods from. For a list of other trademarks held by this company follow the link and click on the company’s name.

    The direct website for Power Stop, LLC is

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  • Bryan Murphy

    As a huge Tommy Boy fan, I had to buy these. Here are my new Callahan rotors posing with my novelty movie T-shirt. As you can see, the logo on the box uses a different font and the parts were shipped from Chicago, not Sandusky. Lol. Anyway, the parts look decent out of the box. Time will tell how they perform.

  • Deadboy600

    Must not be too big a Tommy Boy fan because you got the quote about the butcher all wrong! lol

  • Gabe

    I have brought front powerstop calipers powder coated for my 2005 Isuzu Ascender and the quality of the calipers are subpar. I brought them from rockauto. The first set only one piston extended. That was returned. The second replacement set the same thing. In addition they use a lube on the pistons that dissolve into the brake fluid contaminating the fluid to a dark gray color. After 3 gallons of brake fluid the contamination remains. I believe this is the cause of the faulty brake calipers. After heavy discussion and emails (with Pictures) with John from powerstop they would not accept blame. If you see these calipers, do your self a favor and pass on them. Save your self the headache.