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Old 12-24-2002, 06:39 AM
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So, I'm about ready to run new brake lines. I wanted to use SS lines but have been told you can't double flair stainless. What is the current method to do this? Any sites to help educate me would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-24-2002, 06:58 AM
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As a general rule, stainless is too hard and brittle to double flare. I have a buddy who was determined to do the stainless on his "show rod" and he bought a hydralic brake line flaring tool ($400 or so).

About half of the flares looked good. If they did not look like they would seal........he threw them away and bent up another line and flared again. A LOT OF TROUBLE but he is happy now, plus he just drives it out of the trailer and to the show and then back to the trailer. :p :p

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When I did the lines on my car, I painted them with good ol' tremclad after they were bent to shape. They still look good.
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I plan on driving mine. "tremclad"? what it it? I thought of using steel and painting too.
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on my 40 I used Bend-A-Flex tubbing, scuffed it with Scotchbrite pad[made it shiney]then sprayed with VHT clear. It still looks good,it's been driven plenty.
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I just went to the NAPA store and bought the hard line tubing they sell. Bent it, flared it , whatever. 48.000 miles later it still looks good....not rusted or tarnished. My car does sit inside at night and it being a Roadster..... I do not leave the house with it if it's raining.

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Hey Duece Guy whats "tremclad" ???
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For the stainless lines you have to go to a 37 1/2 degree flare and use the
AN fittings. I also just bought a roll of tubing from the parts store. It is galvanized plated so it doesn't rust, then just used a 45 degree flaring tool and double flared it all. the 37 degree tool is quite expensive but I think its alittle cheaper than 400 dollars if you shop around. Stainless looks good but its expensive and if its not going to be exposed ,Why? Detroit has been using doubl flared brakelines for decades so I think its good enough for me. Now if you are running a 180 mph drag car on a short track, the 37 degree flare is about 1/3 stronger. Its a choice you have to make...GlennK
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The $400 one is hydraulic.

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Ah So, that explains it...Too rich for my blood....GlennK
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Well guys, I off to buy standard steel lines. Thanks for the input.
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Tremclad is just rust paint. Like Rustoleum etc.
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