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Post by driveit on Fri May 24, 2013 8:59 am

Brake lines are needing patched again or new ones installed.

Is it possible to get a flexible brake line rather than the steel?
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Post by dynchel on Fri May 24, 2013 9:06 am

Flexible as in rubber hose no. In my shop we use a easy bend line made by s.u.r.&r. It is rust resistant, flares easily, and is very easy to route and shape (we get it from Napa) That being said its also double the price (appx $50.00 a roll). Do you have the ability to flare lines? If not you will probably have to buy ready made lines and unions and connect them together. The lines should be
3/16 th line with standard (non bubble) fittings.
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Post by thatfnthing on Fri May 24, 2013 6:12 pm

dynchel wrote:The lines should be 3/16 th line with standard (non bubble) fittings.

Meaning 45° double flares. Single or 37° won't do.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri May 24, 2013 6:21 pm

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Post by BicknellWelding on Fri May 24, 2013 10:20 pm

I just did all the brakelines in my truck with a roll from napa. Bought a flare tool and a little hand bender, did a little research on double flaring, and just copied the shape of the lines I took out. Came out perfect, no leaks, first timer. Really simple. It was actually a fun project, I'm looking forward to doing the chevelle.
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Post by ant7377 on Sat May 25, 2013 1:03 am

I hate this job with a passion. I think I need to buy a good flaring bar,crap ones make it hard ,the lines slip out of the bar when making the double flair.
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Post by BicknellWelding on Sat May 25, 2013 6:42 am

ant7377 wrote:I hate this job with a passion. I think I need to buy a good flaring bar,crap ones make it hard ,the lines slip out of the bar when making the double flair.

Same thing was happening to me. I used a pair of vise-grips to tighten the wing nuts on the bar, and it stopped the line from slipping. Im also using a cheap autozone flare tool.
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Post by ant7377 on Sat May 25, 2013 11:36 am

BicknellWelding wrote:
ant7377 wrote:I hate this job with a passion. I think I need to buy a good flaring bar,crap ones make it hard ,the lines slip out of the bar when making the double flair.

Same thing was happening to me. I used a pair of vise-grips to tighten the wing nuts on the bar, and it stopped the line from slipping. Im also using a cheap autozone flare tool.

Tried that the last time,was not succesful. Did you ever see one of those hydraulic falring tools? My bud has one and it works like a champ,he wont lend it to me,thinks I will keep it. You can flare lines right on the car if you can get to them,its effortless.
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Post by BicknellWelding on Sat May 25, 2013 11:44 am

I'd keep it
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Post by ant7377 on Sat May 25, 2013 11:52 am

BicknellWelding wrote:I'd keep it

Yeah Im thinking he would be right. Id try as long as I could get away with it.
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Post by dynchel on Sat May 25, 2013 12:39 pm

That tool is $400.00....that's why I don't have one.
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Post by Joe73 on Sat May 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Lines are pretty easy to do if you take your time. I've done brake lines and even flared copper lines for my boiler. I have the black and silver bender like this http://www.summitracing.com/parts/otc-6515/overview/ I dont remember the make of my flaring tool but I've never had a problem with it.

Ant, since your local, you can borrow my bending stuff if you need it.
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Post by ant7377 on Sat May 25, 2013 1:49 pm

THanks as always Joe. Might need to borrow your knowledge of flaring the damn things next time I need to.

Check this out,

http://www.eastwood.com/professional-brake-tubing-flaring-tool.html
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Post by pila on Sat May 25, 2013 11:40 pm

Seems like every car I've owned, and some I bought new, had rusty brake lines to fix eventually. My flaring tool is a cheapie, but works good. Buying the line in rolls, and the fittings in 10-packs will save money in the long run......
We who live in the so-called rust belt, are too familiar with rusty brake & fuel lines...

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Post by driveit on Wed May 29, 2013 10:05 am

Thanks everyone. I may look into buying the roll of tubing as suggested and just redo all of the lines instead of another patch job.
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Post by pila on Thu May 30, 2013 12:52 am

Painting the new lines seems to pro-long their life on my vehicles. The coating on new lines isn't very good at resisting rust....

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Post by driveit on Thu May 30, 2013 9:21 am

Thanks for the tip. I will remember that.
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