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OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
#1331487 Mon Oct 28 2019 01:59 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 302
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'Bolter
Hey All,

I have the truck up on the lift and I am thinking I want to replace the entire brake line system from hub to hub. Has anyone here done that in the last few years? The truck is a 1951 That I pulled out of a preachers field. I have brought the motor back to life, reconditioning as I go. Now that It's up on the lift and I redid the braking in all four wheels I want to keep it going. I see several "Kits" out there but I am sure some are better than others and probably include more than others. So tell me what you guys know, Who has done a HUB to HUB line replacement, where did you get your kit and what did you like or dislike about it.

Thanks!

Walter


*UNDER CONSTRUCTION*
1953 Chevrolet 3100 1/2 ton-previously abandoned resto.

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I hate when people leave their brains at home. Seriously when did critical thinking and customer service go out the window? How about common sense and striving to go the extra mile? Idiots, surrounded by idiots it tell you.
Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331502 Mon Oct 28 2019 02:19 AM
Joined: Jan 2019
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'Bolter
Did it on my 58 Apache 32 about 1 year ago. Got all the metal lines in stainless from Inline tube, not that much more than plain steel. Got the shoes off the shelf @ NAPA. I don't remember where the wheel cylinders and rubber hoses came from. Stock master cylinder I'm pretty sure was Classic Parts.com.
Every thing went smooth.
I love pre-bent lines.
I've used Inline tube on 2 60's cars as well.


Art
Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331506 Mon Oct 28 2019 02:27 AM
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'Bolter
Buy a 25' roll of Copper-Nickel Brake line from your local parts store and make your own. You'll need to borrow or buy a Double Flare Tool and Tubing Bender. Then take one line off at a time and bend a new to match, it really is easy to do. When you tighten the fittings up tight, then back it off and re-tighten it again, this helps seat the flares together.

Good luck!

Mike B smile

Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Mike B #1331507 Mon Oct 28 2019 02:31 AM
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'Bolter
Where would I get the appropriate fittings?


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My Project Bolt

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Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331510 Mon Oct 28 2019 02:38 AM
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'Bolter
Either re-use the old ones if good or take then to the parts store to match up and buy new...any NAPA or good parts store should have everything you need to do this job.

Mike B smile

Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331534 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:18 PM
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Posts: 571
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'Bolter
I replaced every part in my brake system except the backing plates. I purchased pre-bent stainless steel lines from In-Line tube https://www.inlinetube.com/ . I was able to find all the brass fittings at NAPA. I was quite happy with the brake lines with the exception of my choice of selecting stainless steel lines. I had some leaking issues at the fittings. That required repeatedly tightening and loosing the fittings several times. Apparently the flare angle is slightly different on the stainless fittings. It has been in service 6 years now and no leaks after the initial install. The lines still look like new. I am happy with them but would probably not go with stainless if I did this again.
You can find a lot of info about brake line choices searching this forum.

Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331544 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:58 PM
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Posts: 530
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Shop Shark
Walter ,

Inline Tube makes a Stainless Steel ready made kit with fittings pre installed .

LINK

for your 1953 half ton

https://www.inlinetube.com/products/sctb5301

Scroll down & take a look at related products .



George
'54 3600

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Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331548 Mon Oct 28 2019 01:15 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 31,395
Bubba
I have bought pre-bent stainless steel lines from Inline Tube and Classic Tube - they even matched-up the correct lengths and ends needed on a 54 3104 Hydra-Matic system.

A few lines were a little long, but that was not a big problem (being too short would have been problem).


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331551 Mon Oct 28 2019 01:28 PM
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'Bolter
I used stainless lines from inline tube also. I will admit I would not use the stainless again. Those lines hemorrhaged every where and It took me forever to get the lines to seat correctly and stop leaking. What a mess. I recently did the lines on a friends 57 chevrolet (car) and used regular prebent steel lines from inline tube. Not a single leak.


Mike
Re: OEM Total Brake Line Replacement - How did it go?
Silverado_9c3 #1331561 Mon Oct 28 2019 02:31 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 31,395
Bubba
I had no breakage in three different stainless steel systems.
I had/have no leakage in three different stainless steel systems(5-15 years old
Just lucky, I guess?

However: do not be afraid to use A LITTLE "stainless steel grease" on the tube ends (nut side of tube).
Stainless Steel Anti-Seize Lubricant

Slowly/lighty/gently tighten and untighten the attachment "nut".
Use a little tighter last tightening of each attachment nut.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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