I am currently working on assembling some of my cars and I am to the point that need proper guidance as to the best source for brake lines and tools. Thus far, I will be looking into purchasing the Easwood flare kit as shown https://www.eastwood.com/professiona...ring-tool.html with all of the related bending tools . Additionally, I am looking into purchasing the steel brake line I believe is the 3/16 size. I would appreciate any advice and feedback as to the best possible solution or vendor to achieve all the required work and multiple cars.
Hi Lionel, regarding the tool, is the best one you could purchase, I´ve worked with it and it works like a charme, about the lines I wouldnt go steel, dificult to bend and to flare (it splits open when you flare it ) I will suggest to go with coper or kunifer instead of steel.
I will support the selection of the copper lines. It is much easier to work with and has a reputation for longevity. It is subject to corrosion so carefully consider your decision.
As to tools, I bought a flaring kit for the local Napa store and am happy with it. Much cheaper than Eastwood. I did buy a handy bender from Eastwood. It is great for making close bends as is necessary on the front brakes on a Giulietta. There is no part name or number on the tool but, if interested, I could post a picture of it or I could go onto the Eastwood Web site and find some kind of identifier.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback and it is being taken into consideration. I considered the Napa tool option but when you are flaring lines for a total of seven cars on one shot I would suppose that the Eastwood tool would expedite the work for me. Time is a valuable and precious commodity and as I get older the more I value it. I was able to find just about everything I needed except for the threaded cap for the flex brake line fitting that goes at the end and anchored to the front suspension area. If you could post a photo of the Napa tool would be great. As John noted, Cunifer lines are Copper-Nickle mix and I have seen them for sale a various price point. At this point, I am not interested in bargain hunting for lines as I am more interested in the quality of the product. That said, more expensive is not always better. I appreciate all of the provided feedback.
It isn't clear to me how one flaring tool can work faster than another. I'm old and I think slow but it still seems to me that a flare is a single operation. Unless Eastwood has a multi-flairer, that is. No offense intended here.
Anyway, the items in the picture are from left:
. Eastwood tube bender. I like it as it accommodates tight bends.
. Napa flaring tool. What I like about this tool is the recess you see on the arms. They fit over the tube holder and give more stability to the turning process.
. Above these items is a handy device if you are working on a car with fluid still in the lines. Snap it over the end of the open line and it stops any leakage.
Is this your first time with this process? If so, I have a few tips to share with you.
I am somewhat familiar with the flaring process as I have done it before but nothing to the extent I am planning to perform soon. I am talking of completing the for 5 to 7 cars. The process of using the Eastwood tool seems to be a logical step to streamline a multiple-step process.
I recently completed replacing the brake lines on my Spider. There is a slight difference in SAE sized lines 3/16 from the metric lines. Using an SAE dimensioned lines with an DIN tool will leave slight imperfection on the lines but not critical failure. My lines are a combination of DIN double flare bubble and SAE flares you find on American cars. I used steel lines to replicate the factory appearance and I am happy with them. I used the tools in the images for the job and shopping the tools saved a lot of money most specially the Master Cool tool.
Yup, now I see that this will save you time. I've likely seen that machine in the catalog but passed quickly by as I neither needed nor could afford it.
Based on my current understanding I doubt that any of my tips would apply. They were mostly in the tube preparation area. On the other hand, a reminder - remember to put the nuts on the tube in the proper orientation before making the last flare.