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Old 02-20-2009, 05:07 AM
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Copper brake lines

Hello guys,

Is it possible to use copper tubes as brake lines on my 78 Monte Carlo?
I have seen copper tubes on some other cars.

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Ivo

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Copper is too soft...won't withstand the pressure.
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Don't be cheap. Copper lines of any kind have no place on a car. The vibration work hardens the copper then it cracks.
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Hello guys,

Is it possible to use copper tubes as brake lines on my 78 Monte Carlo?
I have seen copper tubes on some other cars.

Thanks for your help.

Ivo
It's POSSIBLE to use plastic drinking straws for brake lines. It just isn't terribly smart. Neither is copper.
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It's POSSIBLE to use plastic drinking straws for brake lines. It just isn't terribly smart. Neither is copper.
ROFLMAO

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All kidding aside, brake system pressure can exceed 1000psi which would negate copper tubing as a substitute for brake lines. That is why it is outlawed by just about every agency involved with vehicle safety.

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Thank you very much guys.

I got the info I was missing.
May be my question sounded stupid to you, but here in Bulgaria, I went to some shops and anywhere they offered me copper tubes as brake lines
Furthermore, I cannot order new brake lines from USA because the lines are so long that it is imposable to ship overseas
I would need to order roll of tube and made it myself.

Thank you for your help.

Ivo
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Copper for brake lines?

You are kidding right?
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Thank you very much guys.

I got the info I was missing.
May be my question sounded stupid to you, but here in Bulgaria, I went to some shops and anywhere they offered me copper tubes as brake lines
Furthermore, I cannot order new brake lines from USA because the lines are so long that it is imposable to ship overseas
I would need to order roll of tube and made it myself.

Thank you for your help.

Ivo
Are you sure shipping is a problem? Companies like Inline Tube will take the longest tubes and gently bend them in half for shipping. This bend can usually be straightened pretty easily. Alternatively, you can now buy coils of steel and stainless brake line tubing from the same sources. They even sell a special tool for straightening these coils.
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If they can ship cars and machine tools they can ship a few brake lines.
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find a "Hydraulics" parts distributor and repairs,,,industrial hoses/cylinders/valves/etc....

take your old lines intact to them and they will duplicate them
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find a "Hydraulics" parts distributor and repairs,,,industrial hoses/cylinders/valves/etc....

take your old lines intact to them and they will duplicate them
I was under the impression we were talking about steel tubing, not rubber lines.
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I was under the impression we were talking about steel tubing, not rubber lines.
Most hydraulic lines are steel. The rubber coated flexible lies you see on equipment are mostly used at articulating joints or connection points. Therefore, a hydraulic hose distributor can make them up.
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you could just make your own
like i did with my 53 chevy
they were a pain in the a!!
but i did it and they work just
fine i ordered my lines from lmc
truck they were cheaper than the
parts stores around my home
we got a bender and a flare tool
and made them to fit
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rarely will a industrial hydraulic's parts house advertise that they do make up steel lines....

so to "find one" look under cylinders/valves/hoses/fittings etc....
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