Products to Compare (max of 3)
X
Compare These Parts
Talk to the Experts. Call 800.979.0122, 7am-10pm, everyday.
Since 1952
in
in
Talk to the Experts. Call 800.979.0122
Shop By
Support
Account
Street Race Truck More... The Toolbox

How to Assemble Brake Lines Using a Flare Tool - 1967 Chevelle

5/18/2020

I’ll be honest. Brake lines aren’t my favorite project. Probably because in the real world, when you’re making new steel lines, it’s because the old one is rotten. This means you’re working in nasty orange mud made of brake fluid and rust. This emergency work usually follows right on the heels of trying to limp home some clapped out bucket that’s lost either its front or rear brakes entirely during your last journey. That’s a hard memory to shake.

In the project world, everything is shiny, new and clean when you’re making brake and fuel lines. Plus it’s just different when you’re working on something out of choice rather than necessity. You get to think through your plan and ponder how and what you’re going to do. If you’re like me, you spend an awful lot of time staring at things and thinking of how you want to tackle the next steps. To the untrained eye, this might look like procrastination. Procrastination is something that I, personally, have never gotten around to doing.

If this pondering happens too often or for too long your project slips into analysis paralysis. That was where I had found myself before I got fired up again to put the Chevelle on the ground and keep moving.

One of the things that I pondered and dreaded for a very long time were the brake lines. I knew that I’d need to replace all the lines from front to rear and build the system new because of the conversion to four-wheel disc brakes with non-factory line fittings, etc. I really didn’t want to though. I like doing things that I excel at. This is not one of them.

Every little bit helps though. After using a sample tool at the office from Titan, I was fired up about tackling the task. We started selling these hand-held flaring tools and I picked one up. It does one thing and it does it well. 3/16” double flares.

It’s a super simple premise.

  1. The cut line goes in to the supplied stop. (DON’T FORGET THE FLARE NUT)
  1. You clamp it down on that mark.

  2. Take out the stop.

  3. Grease the dies and run the OP1 side of the tool into the body until it stops.

  1. Back out the die and flip it to a greased OP2 side and run it in all the way.
  2. Remove the die and loosen the bolts to reveal your perfectly formed double flare.
  1. Rinse, repeat.

This has easily become my new favorite tool. I continued to use this thing for every one of the flares on this project and even a couple for friends. Keep the package, because it makes a handy storage case as well.

Products Featured in this Article

Related Articles

Installing a Speedway Motors Wiring Kit - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
10/8/2020
This Chevelle project gets rewired with a Speedway Motors wiring kit. Follow along as Jeff guides you through this application, starting with a good mounting location for the fuse box. Learn more on continuity, grounding and relays.
How to Install an EFI Fuel Tank - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Street Rod
9/29/2020
A step by step on how to install an EFI Fuel Tank kit in a 1967 Chevelle. Learn the benefits of using this kit including expanded fuel capacity and a 24 gallon tank.
Removing Paint on Car Body Panels - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
9/22/2020
Follow along as Jeff demonstrates how to strip paint from the body panels of his 1967 Chevelle using a restorer porter cable tool. Learn how to save time by having the panels acid dipped to remove layers of paint.
Redline Radial Tire Application- 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
9/14/2020
Jeff chooses Redline Radial Tires and black powder-coated steel wheels for his 1967 Chevelle. See how he installs the tires with some helpful tips along the way.
Installing a Gear Reduction Mini Starter - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
9/8/2020
To keep this project moving forward, Jeff installs a gear reduction mini starter on his big block. See how to apply the mini starter on 153 or 168 tooth flexplates.
Lokar Muscle Car Shifter Installation - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
8/31/2020
Jeff tackles the installation of the Lokar Muscle Car Shifter inside of a factory stick-shift floor pan section. This product won a "Best Interior Product" Award at the SEMA show in 2016.
Mounting a Fuse Block to the Firewall- 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
8/24/2020
Next up for Jeff's 1967 Chevelle is fuse block mounting and wiring. View this guide on how to remove old wiring to installing a new fuse block and 22 circuit wiring harness.
Installing a Front Runner Drive System - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Tech
8/10/2020
Jeff demonstrates how to install the front runner drive system by Vintage Air in his 1967 Chevelle project car all while maintaining a simple, factory fresh look.
Installing Automotive A/C Vents - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Street Rod
7/23/2020
Learn how to equip your car with A/C by installing the Vintage Air GenIV SureFit Complete Kit. Jeff installs this kit in his 1967 Chevelle while making some vent modifications to enhance the look and direct air better.
How to Mount an A/C Evaporator - 1967 Chevelle
by Jeff Karls - Posted in Street Rod
7/21/2020
Jeff demonstrates how to install and mount an A/C evaporator in his 1967 Chevelle. Read some tips on how to get a clean factory appearance.
Error
X
Note
X
Ok