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Old 08-06-2004, 04:24 PM
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Brake lines C10

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Backing out of my driveway this morning I noticed really weak braking...I have a slow leak off my back left wheel cylinder (it's a 67 C10, btw) so I have been topping off the fluid periodically over the last couple of weeks. As a bit of an aside, about 3 days ago when I topped it off, the motor was still pretty warm and I went to top off the master cyl and dumped a bit of fluid down the side whereupon it drips onto the brake lines and headers below creating the most noxious smoke. ON to the point, however. The weak braking this morning turned into almost nonexistant braking within a quarter mile. Almost drove thru an intersection in fact, pumping the brake like I was squashing spiders. SO I limped it back home without running into anything and the first thing I noticed is that aforementioned noxious brake fluid smoke. Popping open the master cylinder I see that there is hardly any fluid in it. Thinking that I finally lost that wheel cylinder, I check for fluid on and around the backing plates of all four drums, and was disappointed to learn that it looked the same as a week ago. I looked back under the hood and noticed that my brake line is lying right up against my header, so I assume that I wore a hole in it or something causing both the fluid loss and the smoke. Does this kind of thing happen often? What else could it be? I also noticed a tiny bit of wetness around the power booster but it doesn't seem to be enough to account for the massive fluid loss that happened this morning. Either way, I don't think I am happy with the lines lying on the headers like that so I may put new ones in and reroute them a little bit but am not sure how to go about doing this. The auto parts store here only sells it in 5 or 6 ft lengths. Is it really safe to piece them together? If not, where would I get tubing that would be both long enough and strong enough? And how exactly do I go about this "double-flaring" that you speak of?
Ok, I've rambled on for FAR too long. Any insight you could throw at me would be awesome.

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Okay, the parts store should sell pre-double flared brake lines, just be sure the line you get has the proper fittings for your truck. If it is anything like the ford setup, there should be 2 lines out of the master cylinder into a "junction box" where a line goes to control the front and back. You should be able to replace the line that had a hole in it from the master cylinder to the "junction box" its a good idea to invest in a bender for this job and be sure to bleed the lines real good when done.

ps: I don't believe "junction box" is the proper term for what I'm talking about but that's what I'm calling it for the time being.
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One other thing as well. If this is not an everday driver and you can wait. You may also try LMC Truck if you can not get what you need locally. They should have the exact lenth line you need. I ordered from them about 4 years ago when I had my 67' C10 and all the lines I ordered at the time came prebent so it made it a snap to install. Grant not they may not be that way now so as the last poster said you may want to invest in a bender to do the job.
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I ordered at the time came prebent so it made it a snap to install.
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Grrrrr...

"I love my truck,I love my truck, I love my truck" is my mantra today so I can refrain from backing it into the river....
ok, so I have the lines...am doing ok so far...but should i run it inside the frame or does it matter? I have very little room to run it inside the frame w/o hitting the headers again. No offense to anyone, but a man definitely designed all of this.
Anyway, it looks like I could run it outside the frame between the upper control arm and the shock and then maybe clip it in place, so it doesn't move. I don't know that it is the best idea though, in case something comes loose and tears it up...hmmmmm.... I think I may have answered my own question.....inside the frame it is,then.
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