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Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: April 10, 2018 09:57AM

I bought new Cunifer line to do my brake lines. The cheap tool I bought to add the double flares will not work. The Cunifer tubing, at 1/4", is too small for the 1/4" section and much too large for the 3/16" section. Anyone work with this stuff who can lend me some knowledge?

Thanks,

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: April 10, 2018 10:13AM

I have not had this problem.

Did you use a tubing cutter with the wheel to cut the tubing? If so, did you then use the reamer to open the hole back up? Or file the end square back to the inner diameter of 1/4"? BTW are you making the long brake line? Most all the brake lines on a Corvair are 3/16".

What brand Cunifer? And what tool?

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: April 10, 2018 10:30AM

Federal Hill Cunifer. This cheap tool. [www.ebay.com]

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 10, 2018 10:41AM

Bob, get some flashing / shimstock and make a wrap for the 1/4" line





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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: April 10, 2018 10:48AM

BobV66Vair Wrote:
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> This cheap tool.

I rarely had success when using that tool unless it was my fathers very old "Made in the USA" high quality set and not the cheap one you linked.

I only use the Cal-Van 165 these days and it works great with NiCu brake lines formed on the bench or in the vehicle.


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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: April 10, 2018 11:01AM

I ordered the Cal-Van 165. Here Thursday, lines in Friday.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: April 10, 2018 12:12PM

If we are talking about making brake lines for a Corvair I can recommend where to buy good quality already made and pre bent brake lines. No need to reinvent the wheel just to save a nickel or dime IMO. YMMV.

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: April 10, 2018 12:18PM

OK, where does one buy pre made Cunifer lines?

I refuse to use steel because I tired of replacing steel lines every 15 years or so!

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: dolomitefan ()
Date: April 11, 2018 02:29AM

I don't rate the horseshoe type flaring tools for cunifer. OK for copper but Cunifer is much tougher to flare well. It works best when used with the best tools.

I recently purchased a lever type tool from Ebay but unfortunately I couldn't produce good flares with it. On close inspection I found the die was not being brought towards the punch square so it produced wonky flares every time.

I'm now going to purchase another tool like this one - [www.ebay.co.uk]

I'm just waiting for one to come up at a better price used. The handheld type flaring tools are also pretty useless on Cunifer so avoid those too.

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1961 Corvair Greenbrier
1980 Triumph Dolomite Sprint
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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: April 11, 2018 06:57AM

I asked the Ebay seller to take the terrible flaring tool back. Their listing says 100% satisfaction with no questions asked return policy. They said I should keep the part and they will offer me $3 instead of returning it. Might not be a bad deal if the tool was worth anything. it is junk. I cant see how It would ever flare a Cunifer or steel line properly. The flares are dangerous. The seller is also clearly Chinese. Their email about the return was obviously translated by a machine, or someone who does not speak English. Ebay strikes again.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Cunifer Brake Line, Need Helpconfused smiley
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: April 13, 2018 08:04AM

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I said
OK, where does one buy pre made Cunifer lines?

Well, not for a Corvair, but they are available for some trucks. Check this out:

[www.agscompany.com]

ags stands for American Grease Stick. If you are 50 or older, do you remember that white grease stick used to lubricate latches on cars? The company has expanded their product lines. The DOT 5 I buy from O'Reillys is AGS brand.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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