[DMCForum] Re: Flares on Clutch Line
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[DMCForum] Re: Flares on Clutch Line

What I meant about the heater core supply hose is: you can easily
remove it from below.

I bought an overpriced braided line, already flared of course. But
they are definitely standard 45 degree flares just like you'd make
with a tool -- female mating surface on the line, male mating surface
on the device, union, etc. Am assuming by "bubble flare" you mean
those funny flares like you see on metric sized brake lines at the
parts house with a male mating surface on the line.

I guarantee threads on the master cylinder are American 1/4" SAE. Not
sure what size the union above the transmission is (is not 5/16" SAE),
but the nuts do take a 5/8" wrench better than anything metric. If
anyone on List/Forum has already determined the size of that fitting,
we all could save $120 by simply bending a steel line with appropriate
fittings at either end.

Flaring a hydraulic line isn't exactly rocket science. Did 14 on my
re-lined Lincoln, none of which leak. Hardest part was routing the
lines -- originals were installed on the frame before the body. Is no
way to follow them without separating the body again (I made my own
routes, hence drilling holes in my 3/8" thick frame to move brackets
around). Suspect you'd encounter a similar problem re-lining a DeLorean.

Bill Robertson

>--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "cruznmd" <racuti1@xxxx> wrote:
> Too late.
> The new slave cylinder is in place. You're right. The heater hose was
> in the way and it would have been from below as well.
> I cut the end off and tried a plumber's disaster of couplers and
> fittings. They all leaked badly. I tore it right out. I took the
> original line nut with the rusted piece of line in it and pounded the
> piece of line out with a friggin' hammer.
> Why? Because every (and I do mean -every-) parts house in a one-hour
> radius of my house positively sucks. People in the state of Maryland
> simply do not work on their own cars so parts houses do not stock
> anything worth a damn.
> Tomorrow, (Saturday) I will re-flare the line with the original nut
> on it and try again. My replacement fuel line will be here as well so
> I hope to wrap it all up tomorrow. This is getting old and stupid.
> Bill, you're saying you re-flare the line with a 45 degree flare and
> it doesn't leak?
> Rich
> #5335
> --- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "content22207" <brobertson@xxxx>
> wrote:
> > Are you trying to remove the slave cylinder from above?
> >
> > Since your exhaust system is still recently replaced, I *HIGHLY*
> > recommend removing the crossover pipe and doing it from below. You
> > have no idea how much easier access is without that stupid piece of
> > hardware in the way. Yes, heater core supply line is all in the way,
> > but its barb is easily accessed from below.
> >
> > My fittings are rusted together too. I simply removed the slave
> > cylinder with that short piece of pipe attached, transferred it to
> the
> > new cylinder, then reinstalled reverse of procedure.
> >
> > FWIW: I still find it easier to bleed the system from above.
> >
> > Bill Robertson
> > #5939
> >
> > >--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "cruznmd" <racuti1@xxxx> wrote:
> > > For the love of Christ!
> > >
> > > This is a horrible job. I've removed the fuel system for better
> > > access. The heater system hoses are in the way and I'm not taking
> > > them apart.
> > >
> > > The line fitting has rusted to the line. I found out today, that
> the
> > > stainless braided line doesn't replace the entire line. It goes
> from
> > > the hard line at the cylinder to the hard line at the clutch. It
> > > doesn't replace the whole thing so it's not going to do me any
> good
> > > (beyond replacing the icky plastic). I'm going to have to cut the
> > > hard line, flare it and re-fit it.
> > >
> > > On top of that, I was flipping a fuel line out of my face, and I
> lost
> > > my balance and yanked it right off of the banjo fitting!
> > >
> > > Once this crap is done, I hope nothing else goes wrong before the
> > > Spring Social.
> > >
> > > Is anyone here going to that by-the-way?
> > >
> > > Rich A.
> > > #5335

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