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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:05 am 
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I am in the process of replacing all the brake lines in my 1962 B Coupe. Looking at the tunnel line, and its bends above the nose of the transmission, is it possible to replace this line with the transmission still in the car? I have a new line, but it would need to be bent to match the old line. Any advice would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:20 am 
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Not much room. I did it on my 65C with trans out. If young with thin arms and flexible you may be able to do it on a lift. I wouldn't want to try it laying in my back. I would think you would have to use the spring benders to do it. If you take your engine out you can drop the nose of the transmission some for more room.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:03 pm 
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Nope, not much room, plus I am old without thin arms. I do have the engine out, but no lift in the garage. I don't like leaving this one line in the car since I am replacing everything else, including a new dual circuit master cylinder.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:18 pm 
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That line is difficult even with the transmission out, you need to do some bends on both sides.
What I would do is pre bend the rear line using the old one as a template. Feed that line into the tunnel to the front and in the front do a 90 deg bend or use a 90 deg coupling, couple this line to a smaller line to the dual circuit master cylinder.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:37 pm 
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I did mine in two parts with a connector inside the tunnel. That may have eased the job, it was done on the floor with engine and trans in place. I don't recall that it was very hard. You can get various length lines at the auto parts store, ask for metric bubble-flare lines.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:15 am 
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And please let us know if you accomplish this task, maybe by dropping the front of the trans down a bit?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:48 am 
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Thanks guys for your ideas. I will let you know how it turns out.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:52 pm 
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Martin,
That is a great idea.

Rick,
You can use AGS Poly-Armour lines, the ones with bubble flare are marked as PAE and have green connectors. I found those at Auto Zone, the part number start there with PAEX.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:06 pm 
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If you are getting a connector for two lines, be sure you study the seating area inside it very carefully to get the right style. The people at the store may not know about what goes with what, and the wrong type (for a double flare) metric line will screw together just fine. It would probably even seal OK, but you want it perfect, not just OK.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:18 am 
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Thanks for the additional suggestions. After looking again under the car this weekend, using Martin's suggestion to create a separate line above the transmission looks like the answer. I have removed the gas tank, so I now have more access to the front area lines and master cylinder. I will also try to find a local auto parts store that has the knowledge to provide the correct connector and line.


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