I want to put a power brake conversion (disk/drum) on my 1956 Chevy 3200 (long bed) I've found all the kits most of you have probably found but they say nothing about rear lines. Where can I find OE brake lines large enough for power brakes? Can I use OE sizes? It would be great if I can cause they all come pre-bent.
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there are several manufacturers of prebent brake lines.. i have never looked thru their catalogs for early chevy trucks like you are asking..most cars and trucks either use 3/16 or 1/4" brake tubing . there is a neat Nickle copper brake lines that are easier to bend and don't ever corrode..this is NOT copper tubing from the parts store.. http://www.agscompany.com/faq/11ags stuff is amazingly available if you have a part number.. behind the counter at AZ stores .. at least in steel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcUGBdY1zWQthese are from Harbor freight..Brake Line Forming Tool Item #95782 pliers like you have never seen before. 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", Tubing Bender Item #37551/8", 3/16", 1/4" Tube Bender Pittsburgh - item #94571 Double Tube Flaring Tool Kit Item #66534below at home depot Husky Quick Release 1-1/8 in. Mini Tube Cutter Model # 80-784-111 or the best version at any plumbing supply or hardware store about 15 bucks..RIDGID 104 Tubing Cutter Model # 32985there are tips out on the web. using 1/8" bailing wire.. actually its the top and bottom wire for chain link fences.. and create the exact shape and length you need.. then you can duplicate the part on the bench.. yes.. use the tubing benders to make the bends in the steel wire.. much easier to duplicate on the bench..there are probably a dozen or more brake tubing bending articles in the over 30 car and truck magazines on this site.. hint.. if you see a snap on or mac tools truck.. even cornwell or one of the independents.. almost all sell the double flaring inserts individually.. so you can buy one in 3/16 and 1/4 inch.. this way you have some that are almost impossible to break. or is it brake?? probably the first.. and it might be the last if you do it right.. i will put a STOP to my puns now and power brake off to another post elsewhere.. if you have questions.. i try to drop thru once a day or so.. larger tubing releases the fluid to the rears faster.. as i understand.
these may help...http://www.classictrucks.com/tech/1207clt_stainless_steel_brake_lines/viewall.htmlhttp://www.classictrucks.com/tech/1301clt_tips_on_tubing/http://www.classictrucks.com/tech/1012clt_brake_tube_flaring_tool/and this one from R&C is excellent..http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/techarticles/1405_brake_line_bending_and_flaring/viewall.htmlhttp://www.customclassictrucks.com/techarticles/1402_custom_brake_lines_for_the_c10/viewall.htmllet us know how it works out..