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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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clutch hose replacement tip

After struggling to loosen the flare fitting from the clutch hose without having room to hold the hose from turning because of the mounting bracket, I took an angle grinder and removed the top lip from the bracket. This allowed me to get a wrench on the hose nut and made the whole process simple.
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It isn't necessary..old mechanic's trick.....two tube wrenches ... staggered like a pair of scissors arms then squeeze together..PB helps .. Tightening is the same way only staggered in reverse. Noodle that over.
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It isn't necessary..old mechanic's trick.....two tube wrenches ... staggered like a pair of scissors arms then squeeze together..

I'm with divotandtralee - you didn't need to make that irrevocable modification. I hope it doesn't come back to bite you down the road.

In general, the engineers at Alfa knew what they were doing. They designed that bracket with a hole, rather than a "U" opening, to securely hold the clutch line. My worry is that your line will work its way out of the "U".

Next time, cut through the old flexible hose immediately above its metal fitting. Then you can put a socket on the fitting to break loose the flare nut. If you have to cut something, it's preferable to destroy the part that's going to be replaced, rather than something welded to your chassis.

And yes, I learned this after many experiences of "cut it first, think about it later".
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I have to admit.. the slave was a winter project on my '73.. Thanksgiving 2018 .... move the Spider car to another bay so honey could park her new Atlas for the winter.. no warning ... pedal goes to the floor ....SHHHHHTT... I wrestled with the posters problem. Then had an ah-ha moment...I foolishly thought the slave C clip was the party ender ...The rest is history. Proud of myself . I figured it out for myself after looking at it until Christmas... PSSSd me off it took so long. Bing bang bong done. All this on my frigging BACK to the cold concrete. I understand the dilemma. Thanks Jay .. everything is simple when we know how simple it is ... but it takes forever to learn what double-nutting is .. another subject. Damned .. who invented that? better get his name cuz twenty years from now none will know what it is. I keep learning every frigging day.. it never stops! When it stops, who knows what is worth the journey. Uncle

PS A tip of the hat for going the extra mile to post this idea.. IT HAS MERIT!!! and makes sense less you are an anorak like Jay and I and THANK YOU for posting. ( next time ask) I don't think it would ***** a deal on a sale or value.. more a personal touch,,, ..if it does ... Show me him and I will personally flog him. Your AH+HA MOMENT IS APPRECIATED!!!!!! You Have million posts to catch up.. Keep it coming.. and welcome to the best group of brains in Alfa Romeo-dom there is.

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It isn't necessary..old mechanic's trick.....two tube wrenches ... staggered like a pair of scissors arms then squeeze together..PB helps .. Tightening is the same way only staggered in reverse. Noodle that over.
Pretty sure I know exactly what you're talking about as far as procedure goes.....but not sure what you mean by "tube wrenches"?

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Pretty sure I know exactly what you're talking about as far as procedure goes.....but not sure what you mean by "tube wrenches"?
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Tube wrenches or Flare wrenches allow you to put more sides of the wrench on a fitting that has a tube or hard line going though it and blocks the usage of a box wrench. An OPEN end wrench is the only other way to grip TWO sides of the fitting. This will slip and not give enough grip on the fitting and round out the corners of the hex which transfers the twisting moment. Thus a compromise.. a Box ended wrench with a slot in it to slip over the tube.. Most commonly used on ANY brake lines and fittings and in this case the clutch flex line. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-13...kGTA&gclsrc=ds
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Ah - I know them as flare wrenches. Thanks!

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