Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
Oct. 10, 2017 3:52 p.m.
feature_image

The final steps in finishing off our chassis were to replace the brake and fuel lines. We learned several projects ago that it is way better to just call Classic Tube, rather than fool with making our own lines.

They have patterns that fit nearly every car imaginable, and their low cost brake line kits come in either stainless steel or traditional mild steel.

In the past, we have used their stainless steel kits. While ultimately better and longer lasting, they are more expensive. The stainless steel lines are also much harder to use because they are so stiff and more difficult to cut and add new ends to, should that become necessary.

This time around we ordered a mild steel kit for a late model Elan. We decided that as this car would see little in the way of weather and would be well cared for, the hassles and expense of stainless steel was not warranted.

While they don’t offer a kit for an early Elan like ours, we assured the folks at Classic Tube, that all Elans are pretty similar and we could modify a line or two if needed.

As it turned out, all the lines—except the main line that runs from the front of the car to the rear brakes—fit perfectly, even though the kit we ordered was for a later car.

That one main line, while the correct length, just had to be compared to the original line (which we always save). A couple of simple changes done with our bare hands allowed us to quickly remedy the situation.

Again, bending and flaring brake lines is a tedious and imprecise process where kinks, ugly bends and leaks are likely. Do yourself a favor as we now do, and spend the extra $100 and save days of hassle with one of Classic Tube’s brake line kits.

Read the rest of the story

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Classic Motorsports

Back to Basics

5 days ago in Articles

Perennial Pro Racer Randy Pobst Goes Old-School in a Brutally Fast, No-Frills Chevron B36

Hang Out With John Morton at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty

5 days ago in News

Both the Nissan and Datsun marques will be featured at this spring’s Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty.

Original Bullitt Mustang to Appear at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

6 days ago in News

Our friends at Hagerty have a surprise for everyone at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

Join Us at the Champagne British Car Festival

1 week ago in News

Want to celebrate British cars with us?

Shop Secrets

1 week ago in Articles

80 Clever Tips for Streamlining Your Workspace

Classic Motorsports Car Catcher: Blown TVR

1 week ago in News

This TVR is blown, in both meanings of the word.

Making Mitty Magic

2 weeks ago in Articles

Kicking Off the Summer With Porsches, Picnics and Parade Laps

Our Preferred Partners

Mlassic Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Classic Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
pKllGG4zKIIxrCvnSSrCKCPGOXlIxZEh