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Old 01-30-2004, 06:04 PM
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cut brake line while cutting out floor

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i have my car in the school shop and in welding i cut out the floorboards and asked him if there was anything to watch for under it and he said no (this is my first time welding in new floor boards and didnt know.) So i went on cutting and cut two metal lines that go from the front to back, i didnt cut them in half but just scraped them, one pretty bad. Will i have to buy new ones and if i do Where?
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Old 01-30-2004, 06:49 PM
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If you have damaged brake lines, I would definately consider replacing them. It isn't worth taking chances on brake failure for the few dollars it would cost to replace them. I would suspect that you could probably get replacement lines at a parts store. It is really hard to say, since there is really no information as to what it is that you are working on.
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Old 01-30-2004, 11:55 PM
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At least you didn't hit the gas line! That could get really UGLY.. New lines are not that hard to make. You could also check with someone like Macs obsolete Ford parts. They have a lot of replacement parts for old fords. I just got a new front turn signal lens for my 53 Ford from them.
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and if someone says, Hell fix it with a "COMPRESSION FITTING" just walk away from them because first of all its VERY DANGEROUS & second IT'S AGAINST THE LAW......joe
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If you are rebuilding the car, replace all the lines, brake and fuel. Like stated, for the few bucks (under $100) replace 'em all.
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Replace them if they are leaking.or mashed. You probably should have removed them before you started.

I have a good friend that lost his shop and three of his cars and two customers cars , because the wire from the welder went through the weld and hit a gas line.

And his body will never be the same.

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Seeing how you said you cut 2 lines going from front to back I belive you cut a brake and gas line. It's an easy fix get 2 lengths of tubing the same dia. And put in a couple unions to fix the line.

Since it seems like you have limited experience here is a basic run down. Get the size of the lines. Go buy 2 lengths or replace all if rusty and rotted. If just repairing cut the line before and after the bad spot. Slide a nut over each end of the old tube , flare then install a new peice with 2 unions.
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yeah i cut a small one and a big one. You guys said its easy to replace with new lines, so they sell it straight and i would bend it to follow how they other ones went. where would i go to buy new line.

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Any auto parts store should have new line in every length, or have them make you one. Be sure it is steel.

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Depends on the car and what you are going to do with it but you can also use stainless, Harder to work with but looks nice when done right. If it's a daily or not going to be a super show car regular steel line is the route to go. Buy yourself some line, tubing cutter and a double flaring kit and go to town. Most times the lines are to long for what you need so you have to cut and flare them to get it correct.
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Reminds me of the time I was watching a guy drill a 1/8" hole in the floor board of his '40 Ford coupe for some bracket and drilled right into the center of a $$ air conditioning hose going the length of the car to the condenser under the trunk. I will never forget that nasty hissing sound the the look of nausea on his face. Murphy RULES!!!!
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SIMPLE

Simple is best. Go to a parts house (Kragen, Pep Boys, CarCraft, ETC) and ask for a pre-made line, smallest they have. Usually 4-6 inch. It can come with male or female fittings already on it. Use the new tub to mark the length that needs to be cut out of the damaged line. Cut it out. If you bought a male fitted line, slide female fittings on the cut out line. Flair. The flair will cause a small gap between the new and old pieces. When you connect the fittings they will pull on the line and close the gap. Nice tight fitting. And yes, if you cut two lines in the same area on the floor pan you can bet that Murphy is waiting on you. One is brake and bet the other is GAS.

Rocky, did you ever find the new pans or are you going to fab them yourself?

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You can do it that way but the[u] best[u/] way is the safest way. The fewer connections you have, especially in the brake system the safer it is. Why take the chance for a few bucks?

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TOO TRUE

Yes Troy, you are most correct as usual. I also took the time to check Kragen and they sell from 4 inches up to 10 feet lengths already flared with fittings. I also put the old cap on and I do NOT remember any car that runs the gas and brake on the same side. ?? Gas is usually on the passengers side and brake is on the drivers side. ?? NO? I would get underneath and check both of those lines 59countrysedan.

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Just measure the old line and go to the parts store, they sell line in the bulk and put new ends on. Or you can buy a 50 ft roll.

My chevelle has the lines on the same sides?
I think S10s are on one side too?
69 camaros are on opposite side?

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