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Old 03-08-2004, 11:41 PM
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brake lines too short after suspension rebuild

I have a 1970 Monte Carlo that I have just finished rebuilding he front suspension on. Before I dissassembled it the turning radius was really wide - it wouldn't make a u-turn on the widest of four lane roads. So during the rebuild I swapped in steering box from a 1970 Buick station wagon that seemed to be able to turn the pittman arm just a little further in each direction. The car currently has no motor or tranny in it and the new springs have the suspension extended to maximum lift. The problem is that the rubber brake lines now are not long enough when the wheels are cranked fully to one side or the other. With the weight of the motor in the car there might be enough slack in the lines to fully crank the wheels. But still there is the possibility of snapping the lines if the suspension ever reached full travel while the wheels were cranked.
The brake lines on the station wagon were the same length as the ones on my Monte Carlo and none of the part stores carry any longer ones that I can find. Has anyone ever experienced a problem like this before? The car has front disk brakes, just in case that is important information. Thanks everyone.

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Old 03-09-2004, 03:40 AM
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You diffinently need to find longer lines,might try looking at 4 wheel drive pickup they may be longer
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Move the fittings that the rubber hose fit to on the frame closer to where you need them. Extending the steel lines is a lot cheaper than getting custom rubber lines made.
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Try these folks, they're not that expensive, give them a call if needed.

http://www.inlinetube.com/
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Old 03-10-2004, 09:25 PM
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Thanks for the help everyone! I think I'm going to try some of the custom length stainless brake lines from that website. They don't cost that much more than what I already spent on Raysbestos rubber lines. I just hope the store will take back those rubber lines now. Thanks again all.
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