I sourced some braided lines localy, $6-6.50/ft. I really don't need the
braided on this car other than for it's durability. BUT, I will probably
bite the bullet to make sure my wife and son are not stranded someplace. My
"B" is another story, I will probably due the full dress on her.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart MacMillan" <email@example.com>
To: "Larry" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "mg list" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: Remote Oil filter kits.
> Good advice. I've got one of these on the Vanagon, and I now use SS
> braided lines from Earl's Performance Products. This is after the
> original no-brand steel braided rubber hoses got brittle and blew after
> about 40,000 miles, leaving me stranded. It's hard to tell the
> condition of these things under the braid.
> Earl's are high performance, high temp lines, and thinner than rubber
> braided lines so are easier to route. Check them out at
> http://earlsperformance.com (very expensive, about $8 a foot). I used
> the 7/16" line with standard barbed fittings and clamps. Use Earl's
> fittings if looks are important, they are beautiful. This hose is worth
> the price, IMHO.
> Also, be careful not to over tighten the fittings in the bypass adapter,
> they can crack. Use teflon tape and be firm but gentle!.
> Larry wrote:
> > I wanted to pass on a warning about the remote filter kits you can buy
> > almost any vehicle. I am passing this on since I know it is a common
> > use in both stock and V8 MGB's as I am doing a conversion myself..
> > are manufactured by a variety of vendors, and I will not name the Mfg.
> > kit as this really needs to be a widespread warning. I was very lucky
> > followed a gut instinct and checked my oil the other day on my wife's
> > before driving it. The car leaks oil (yes even a Toyota does it) so I
> > reason to do it, but what I found scared me. I installed a remote
> > about 2500miles ago in an effort to lessen the oil draining all over the
> > during changes.... When reaching for the dipstick to check the oil,
> > caught my eye and I looked closer to find a large split in the outer
> > of the outbound remote filter line. This was in a open section of the
> > with no bends and no parts anywhere near it. The hose simply failed.
> > Thankfully the inner housing was intake so no oil was lost, but who
> > that could have happened. I am now faced with a full day project of
> > unmounting the entire set-up to get the old hoses out and replacing them
> > braided lines.
> > Be VERY careful and suspect of the hoses included in the kits. More
> > than not they are NOT the best quality hose, otherwise the kits would be
> > more expensive. On top of that they are packaged up on plastic shrink
> > and probably sit in warehouses and on shelves for extended periods.
> > contribute to weakened hoses. I noticed this hose did not feel like
> > hoses I had worked with, but thought nothing of it. I now know better..
> > will probably buy the adapter and remote base separately and spend the
> > $$ on buying good hoses locally.
> > Just a warning, I know I would hate to have a sudden drop in pressure
> > on the side of the road with no oil in the motor and nothing possible
> > than a tow, or worse have an engine blow due to sudden oil loss at high
> Stuart MacMillan
> '84 Vanagon Westfalia w/2.1
> '65 MGB (Daily driver since 1969)
> '74 MGB GT (Restoring sloooowly)
> Personal mechanic for:
> '70 MGB GT (Daughter's)
> Assisting on Restoration (and spending OPM):
> '72 MGB GT (Was daughter's, now son's)
> '64 MGB (Son's)
> Stripped and gone but their parts live on:
> '68 MGB, '73 MGB, '67 MGB GT
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