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    I'm in the process of swapping out my old brake lines with a stainless steel line kit. Not the flexible lines, but the hard lines. Where do I get the rubber insulators that isolate the lines from the chassis?

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    Will probably have to find several parts cars and take them off and make you up a set from what you get off the parts cars. That's what I ended up doing in order to get a full set front to rear for mine...Last I heard they are NLA (No Longer Available) Seems to be a common issue...replacing those little guys...

    Did the POR-15 thing on all the brackets after blasting them...should never rust again...EVER

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    I guess I'll try emailing some Z parts places other than in Az. The ones here are probably dry rotted like mine.

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    I'm in the same boat, and will be working on molds for the insulators soon, I am in the process of working out the brackets in stainless steel.
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    I am faced with the same thing. (Insulators and brackets)

    For the rubbbers I purchased some 1/2" thick rubber and cut it on a bandsaw. After it is cut to shape it gets drilled in a drill press. It doesn't hurt to chill the rubber in the freezer before drilling so the bores get a smooth finish.

    The main pain about making the metal holders is punching the slot. An easier method of making them is to make them in two pieces and make the slot at the joining line before welding. (TIG tack) With a small file set and several well placed holes you could also form the slots. Much easier to get parts off a wreck of the same series though.

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    I received an email from Danny's Datsuns. $28.00. I guess I'll get some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hls30.com View Post
    I'm in the same boat, and will be working on molds for the insulators soon, I am in the process of working out the brackets in stainless steel.
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    If you get those done up and are offering for sale count me in for a whole set. My lines were rusted out, so I ordered brake lines from Ebay. I was only able to savage a few insulators and had to break a few brackets just to get them off.

    All the parts cars I've seen up here, the insulators and brackets have either been gone or rusted beyond salvage.

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    I'm working on a punch for the slot. If I can get that straightened out, the molds are next. Except for that slot, the brackets are all but finished-other than fitting when the insulators are mounted-I expect to have to tweak the parts a little to complete the assembly.
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    Most of my insulators were usable, but for the others I used four layers of the foam double stick tape (the kind that is used to mount mirrors). I put two layers on each side of the brake lines and then fabricated the mounting clip covers from 24 gage sheet steel. Once I was all fastened down it seems solid enough, but then I have not got the car running yet to know for sure.

    I only did this in places that are easy to see (like the engine compartment) because I plan on inspecting these areas often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Forty View Post
    I received an email from Danny's Datsuns. $28.00. I guess I'll get some.
    Is that for used of new/reproducton?

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