Whenever the subject of hard lines comes up on a project I talk about my buddy Rodney Mason who works at Ridetech. That dude is one of those guys that can see the line in his head and make it just from looking at where it goes. On more than one occasion, including several 48 Hour builds, I’ve seen him take a look at a place on the chassis for a brake line, make one or two measurements, and then walk across the shop to whip up a line. With incredibly rare exception they tend to fit perfect and look awesome on the first shot. He’s got a knack for it and the tools to make it all go together right.
Me? Not so much. I can do hard line, don’t get me wrong, but they just don’t speak to me like other stuff does on the car. But it isn’t just knowing where and how you want the line to go, it’s also about using the correct tools and procedures when installing them. Having the right tools can save tons of time and make a much nicer product.
Using the correct lines and fittings is also important, as mixing aluminum fittings with stainless line is not a good idea, especially on something with incredibly high pressure like a brake system. In this video, Tim McAmis walks us through how to make them, flare them, cut them, bend them, and more. This is a good video that will inspire you to make great hard lines and taught me a couple of new things when it comes to routing and securing them too.