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#1478894 Wed Dec 14 2022 02:06 PM
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I’m working on a ‘53 3800 pickup. The old brake lines were completely rotten. Is there anywhere that sells the correct lines in a kit? I see lots of options for 1/2, and some for 3:4 but haven’t seen anything for the one ton. I also think there may be differences in line routing for a ‘53 3800. Mine has a fitting on the back of the of the master cylinder, and the bolt that holds the fitting on is also drilled and tapped so that two lines can be attached to the back of the master cylinder. One line goes to left front, the other line crosses the frame and goes to a frame mounted tee, which feeds the right front and the back. I need this fitting and bolt (the one on the master cylinder, my frame mounted tee is good, and I see those are available) as well, but haven’t seen them for sale. Any ideas where to get the fitting and bolt and new lines? I can make them if needed, but would prefer a premade stainless set if there was something close available.

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Check with "Inline Tube, Inc.", they could custom make a kit. Take the tee fittings to Napa and see what they have to match.

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If you go the make your own route. There's information in the parts catalog on routing, line lengths, and junction blocks.

Brake Line Routing Illustration []
'53 brake line lengths []
Junction Blocks []

A roll of copper-nickel brake line and a flaring tool will get you set up.

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Maybe someone can confirm this, but I have been under the impression that the only difference in the brake lines between the 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and one ton is the line that goes to the back -- its longer.

Maybe someone who has actually replaced their brake lines on a 3/4 or 1-ton can firm this?


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The 1 ton is all 1/4 in sized lines
Do The smaller trucks have 3/16 lines and I think a short run of 1/4 to the first tee maybe ?

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As a followup, I bought lines for a '52 or '53 3600 from lmc. All 1/4" lines. They fit well, but as expected the line to the rear was about 10" short. I got a female coupling, and a premade 10" ss brake line and everything went together and fit pretty good.

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