I had the car stored for 22 years. Should I replace the brake metal brake
lines when I replace the metal fuel lines. Does brake fluid degrade and
leave deposits in the lines (as gasoline can)? As there are no visible
cracks, holes, etc. in the lines could I just blow them out w/comp. air when
they are all open. It isn't a major expense to do, as I am re-building the
entire brake system otherwise. Of course, all rubber lines, hoses, etc. will
be replaced. Thanx- Lib
I'd do it.
But, you are going to run into a problem with the fuel line... unless
you are removing the body, the long metal fuel line is pretty much
impossible to replace.
Some people have done it by splitting the fuel line into 2 or 3 pieces
and joining them after they are positioned in place.
I think it IS possible to replace the brake lines without body removal.
Both the fuel line and the main brake line are very hard to install with the
body on the frame.
You will have to examine the brake line and see how rusty it looks. Rusty
means it is likely to be bad, and you do not want to have a brake line
break. You will lose all braking and odds are you would not think to pull
the emergency brake fast enough or even have enough room for it to stop you.
If you take a pair of pliers and squeeze gently on the line you can tell if
it collapses easily, then you need to replace it. Do not try to collapse
the line but do put enough pressure to see if it is strong. Your mechanic
should know how.
Brake fluid has a character flaw, it attracts moisture. Moisture in a
confined place likes to party. They tend to meet in a low spot with some air
and throw a rust party. So you won't break up the party it is mostly inside
where it can't be seen. Normally in front of the left rear wheel where it is
wrapped, (non-musical term), in a spring like wire under the clip. Some of
moistures friends on the outside like to hide here and work on trying to get
in by throwing their own rust party. Main finger food for both parties is
carbon steel and depending on how many are at the party they will consume
quite a bit. Now if this party has gone on for 22 years my guess would be
that they have consumed lots of finger food in one stagnate party site. The
next time you throw a braking party with "High Pressure" as your star
performer he may get thrown out through the wall of the old party site.
Party time is over!!!!
You were chuckling the whole time you were typing that weren't you!?!
Pretty dang good!!
Well..... for someone suffering from Chronic Erectile Dysfunction
and usually thinks with his Wang... hehehehe
Actually it blew out on my '72 in that spot in the line coming home one
night from the local home coming parade. All of a sudden there were 3 deer
standing in the road in front of me. It doesn't have power brakes so I
really stood on them and just as I clipped the ass of one of them the peddle
went almost to the floor. I locked them up for about 2 car lengths and had
great peddle. It blew fluid clear across to the other side of the frame from
a hole smaller then the point of a needle. Being nosey I took that section
and split it lengthways, glad it was the deer and not a traffic situation I
was trying to avoid. Never in my life did it think there would be that much
rust in a brake line. Also nice to have a double master cylinder.
Life is a sexually transmitted condition that is always fatal.
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That is the down side to us having low mileage on your babies.
Like you said brake fluid is like a super sponge, it will find moisture.
I have ragged my friends for using brake fluid that has already been
opened and sat for a while. I won't reuse an opened bottle of brake fluid.
When I was building my '32 I also went with a dual M/C. It just made
me sooo nervous to use a single pot. But I used silicone in it because
of the painted frame.
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