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Old 08-13-2011, 08:04 PM
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1949 chevy brake lines

i need help runng new brake lies on my 1949 chevy pickup. i don't know weather to use the solid roll line on the sectional pieces. please help

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I prefer to buy sections of tubing, bent it to fit and then double flare it.

Go here to see a few examples

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That is all your call, roll or coil will require you to straighten the lines out. I used the coil and had no problem getting it straight. You will need to know/learn how to flare the ends, that will also require you to buy a new tool and fittings. That is the down side. The lines will have less fittings and are a cleaner overall install, that is the good side

Sections, more fittings, you will still need to bend and flare some because the sections will never be exact.

There are people out there that sell kits for specific cars/ trucks, I do not know a lot about the kits. I will guess they are more expensive and iIdo know they ship bent in half to accommodate UPS, so you will be straighting those also.

Totally your call as I said, you just have to make up your mind what you want to put up with and know your skills.


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You can get prebent OEM style steel lines, with all the correct fittings for under $200 bucks. They also sell the high pressure rubber flex hoses.

Check with RightStuff Detailing or Classic Tube, there are a few other companies, but these 2 seem to have better customer service.

To cut and Double Flare the tubing yourself will require a high quality flaring kit, which run about $100 and up.

The cheap $40 flaring tools only seem to work on single flare, cant do a 3/16 double.
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It really depends on what your expectations are. If you are after super nice, the roll is the way. If making a few sections joined as one piece is ok with you then the sections are much easier. If you are after function over form is the most important part (the damn thing stops!) Then there is a good chance you can do the whole thing with sections and never even have to do a double flare (you need a GOOD tool to do it, no Harbor Freight junk here).

I just did my whole Rambler, every line every cyl etc. I used the sections, found that I only had one line I needed to cut and double flare. And if I was a little less picky I could have put a bend or two in it to take up the slack and not even cut it.

I replaced all the oil, vacuum and fuel lines on the motor as well and found that every one of them was easily done without any cutting. Just pulling the pieces off the rack and bending them up for the motor.

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Try this site.


They have everything you need including coils of copper brake line (there is such a thing) and Kunifer Copper/Nickel Brake Pipe that, like copper, won't corrode or rust like steel pipe. The Kunifer is SAE rated and pressure tested. It's sold in 25' coils and can be bent and shaped like copper.

They also sell all other kinds of brake fittings, tools, etc. as well as other automotive specialty stuff. They are well known among the British car (Jaguar, Triumph, MG, etc.) community.
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I re-did my brakes on my 54 a few months ago and went with the sectionals. They sell them in various lengths and through a lot of measuring and test fitting I was able to make them all work except one without having to do any cutting and flaring.
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