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Old 08-11-2006, 08:52 PM
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Trans Cooling Lines

I just got the 200R4 into the '72 El Camino. The cooling lines are reachable, but I don't have as much room as I'd like. I need to have a fairly sharp bend coming off the upper line on the trans. I've already mangle one steel line. I failed Line Bending 101 in college.

Anyway, is it permissible to use aluminum line rather than steel? It's so much easier to work with.

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I wouldn't use aluminum. What tool are you using to bend the line?
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I've got one of those plier types.
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Why don't you use braided hose with AN fittings?
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I used steel brake lines and bent them to what I needed. Granted, it was easy with the motor and tranny sitting on stands. The bender used was a cheap model from Harbor Freight.

The lines have what seem to be some funny bends, but I mocked things up with the headers and other items installed. Braided hose and fittings would be a very good choice as well.
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I put a lot of lines on ... fuel, brake, transmission ECT so I have a good selection of benders and tubing flaring tools.

Good tools do not cost money ... they save time and money $$$
Go to a industrial supply house and get a Imperial tubing bender ... the bad thing is the tool only works for 1 size tubing ... you need one for each size ...

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Old 08-12-2006, 05:32 PM
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Thanks for the ideas and support.

I've kind of shied away from bending because of disastrous results I had a long time ago with stainless. I've been playing with the lines and noticed that it helps me a little if I connect one end rather than trying to eyeball, remove the line, bend and test fit.

If you're not doing anything next Saturday and want to help, I'll be home.
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