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Username Post: Rear brakes        (Topic#343429)
Chevy65_WA 
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03-20-17 12:46 AM - Post#2682315    

I took my 1965 Impala SS to get the rear rims swapped. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the kid who lifted the car hit the rear brake line, some how, and now I have no rear brakes.

Good thing I have dual reservoirs.

Anyway, I need to replace the brake line, but not sure which one I need. I don't have a lift at home so I can't pin point the spot it is broke. I know there is a softline and hardline. My 65 is sitting on a 67 frame, if that makes any difference. I know it did with regards to the front end.

Any help on what line(s) to get would be appreciated. I don't have a problem getting both just to be sure.

I vaguely remember the hardline was up front, I swapped an engine out of a 1965 SS back in 1984, but it has been a while.

Thanks

Mike


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fsc66 
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03-20-17 05:40 AM - Post#2682340    
    In response to Chevy65_WA

I like using "The Right Stuff" products, they have any of the brake lines you may need.

https://www.getdiscbrakes.com/

There is also "Inline Tube" and some others around

https://www.inlinetube.com/

There are various lines that could have been affected. The main line from front to rear, the line that attache to both brake lines on the rear axle that attaches to the front long line. Then another from the master cylinder to the long front to rear lines. You have to determine where the leak is.

Paul





 
raycow 
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03-20-17 03:53 PM - Post#2682438    
    In response to Chevy65_WA

Take the car back to the shop that F-ed up your brakes. Tell the kid to put the car up on the lift so you can find the damage for yourself. If you are lucky, he might make the same mistake twice, which will make the damage easier to find.

Once you locate the damage, any negotiations regarding financial liability are between you and the shop.

Ray

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rick1965 
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03-21-17 05:24 AM - Post#2682538    
    In response to raycow

i totally agree with ray. if you took this to a
shop,i would be back in there looking for someone
in management.we all are human and make mistakes,
but you shouldnt have to shoulder the repair cost.



 
VintageCarryall 
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03-21-17 07:31 PM - Post#2682682    
    In response to rick1965

  • rick1965 Said:
i totally agree with ray. if you took this to a
shop,i would be back in there looking for someone
in management.we all are human and make mistakes,
but you shouldnt have to shoulder the repair cost.



As you stated.

Too; if my memory holds me correctly, the rear brake lines on a 1965-70 big Chevy aren't exactly vulnerable as it is...........I'd be highly interested in what actually went down.

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rick1965 
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03-22-17 05:27 AM - Post#2682710    
    In response to VintageCarryall

they arent if they are in the factory location. the hard lines should come down fron the distribution block then follow the axle tube near the top to the wheel cyls. the only thing i can think of is how was the car lifted?? if by the frame, and the differetial was left to drop down then quite possible a brittle rubber frame to dist. block hose wouldnt survive that stretch.



 
Chevy65_WA 
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03-22-17 03:35 PM - Post#2682804    
    In response to rick1965

Thanks for the replies guys. It happened months ago, and as it was winter, I haven't been driving the car so I didn't notice the brakes until I did drive it. It was lifted by frame, but I all I recall is hearing something drop in the shop, but I didn't have a goo view. I don't know if he had part of it on the frame, but not completely, and it slipped. I don't know, they don't normally work on older cars and I have always been hesitant about using those types of shops, but I figured, I am only getting the rims swapped out and a new tire put on, what could go wrong?

The leak is right before the rear passenger tire, so he may have done something else right there at the tire. I only know the general area as I noticed the new leak in the garage when I came home ones with her.


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toro455 
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03-22-17 03:49 PM - Post#2682805    
    In response to Chevy65_WA

Before the passenger side rear wheel? That doesn't seem to be possible. The brake line, from front to rear, runs down the driver side. The main reason being the master cylinder is on the driver side.

I think probably it's best that you wait until you have better access to see the car again. If it's coming from exactly at the rear wheel it could even be a leaking brake cylinder.

If it ends-up being a line I've also used the Right Stuff Detailing and I highly recommend them.



 
Chevy65_WA 
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03-23-17 03:36 AM - Post#2682889    
    In response to toro455

Thanks, as most of the leaks in older cars are near the center, I noticed this one as it was just inside the rear wheel on the passenger side, and with the slight slop in the garage, it ran to the garage door, which no other leak does. I also checked the reservoirs and the rear was empty, I filled it up, and it emptied again. So I know it is the rear wheel. There is a guy who specializes in older cars in my area. I may have to take it to him. He does a good job and has worked on the car before, I just will have to bring the car home as I would prefer not to leave it as his shop as some of the weather stripping is missing at the moment, another issue I will ask about later, and it rains a lot this time of the year.

Thanks again for the suggestions. I am off all next week so I might be able to take it to him, although it is supposed to rain all week.


1965 Chevy Impala SS
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raycow 
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03-23-17 06:17 AM - Post#2682910    
    In response to Chevy65_WA

At the very least, you could pull that one drum and see if anything is leaking inside. That will narrow down the area where you need to look for the leak. All you would need is a jack, a lug wrench, and a block to support the axle housing while you get the wheel and drum off.

Ray

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