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Old July 23rd, 2009, 04:52 PM
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brake line patching

Ok so I was going to JB weld the broken brake line --- kidding.

Where can I buy the proper flare tool and a piece of line about 6in long and all the ends I need? I assume I cannot use the stuff I see at pep boys, right?
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 04:57 PM
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These guys carry everthing. http://www.fedhillusa.com/
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Thanks Kevin, but they get $360 for the tool which is insane.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 05:04 PM
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I got the flare tool at Checker Auto and bought a small tube cutter at Home Depot. The line is available any NAPA or most any decent auto parts store.

I busted a rear line on the rim of the Grand Canyon last week. The NAPA in Kanab, UT had the line. The line rusted through under the little strap bracket.
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Ok so I was going to JB weld the broken brake line --- kidding.

Where can I buy the proper flare tool and a piece of line about 6in long and all the ends I need? I assume I cannot use the stuff I see at pep boys, right?
I've got pre-bent lines if you want to just cure the problem for good.
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I've got pre-bent lines if you want to just cure the problem for good.
Thanks for the offer Mike.

I have a complete 110 set from classic tube and I ordered another set and I will replace it when I take the body off, I just want to get it moveable for the moment and the leak is easy to cut the bad part out now and if replacing that line that runs on top of the frame is as bad as on a RRC then I prefer not to do it now.

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My local NAPA store carries the double flaring tool -- $40 give or take $10, as I recall.
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John, I will call NAPA in the am. Their driver has figured out how to drop off parts/supplies at a law firm.
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Thanks Kevin, but they get $360 for the tool which is insane.

I was just pointing out that they have the proper fittings. You can rent that tool for 25 bucks a week, which is pretty good after my experience of making loads of crappy double flares one after the other with a 40 buck tool.
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I was just pointing out that they have the proper fittings. You can rent that tool for 25 bucks a week, which is pretty good after my experience of making loads of crappy double flares one after the other with a 40 buck tool.
Screw it, I will just replace the whole line. Now I need to find some brake clips and will probably break off the end that goes to the flex pipe in the rear, but at least I have a spare flex line too. UGH.

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You don't want a double flare tool, you want a bubble flare tool. OTC makes one that works well. So does KD I think, or maybe Lisle, but I have the OTC tool.
Summit Racing has a decent price on it. OTC-4504
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Ron,

I bought the tool from fedhill along with some of their tubing. After buying the flaring tool, and it is really a beaut, I saw they had something similar for a lot less from Eastwood. That said, the FedHill tubing is beautiful to work with and they have all sorts of fittings -- metric, SAE, ISo bubble, double flare, etc. Also, their flare tool has a large number dies available for several size tubing, just in case you want to do say fuel lines...

I have rebuilding the brake system on a 1970 italian car--has girling brakes which requires the 3/8-24 in fittings.
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Thanks guys. I went out to the garage and the only line I was able to save from the last one I took apart was, believe it or not, that line so I replaced it with that used line to get her moving. Everyone else would have thrown out that line. I will order another full SS set from classis tube in the future. It was not too bad to do with all the floors out.
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