Geezer, Buffy, et al,
On my TR3B this brake line ran down and then across along the cross member
of the frame. It was basically sort of tucked against the frame piece along
the back side of it (toward the engine). Then it ran up the driver's side to
the junction with the hose to the wheel. With this path, it was possible to
remove an old cruddy line and replace with a new pipe without removing
anything else. I don't know if this path is the correct path, but it looks
like it keeps the pipe out of harm's way and is not too bad to get in and
Hope this helps.
77 Spitfire (slowly undergoing O/D implant)
62 TR3B (empty shell w/ lots of boxes)
95 Infiniti Q45 (now a parts hauler -- and yes, a knockdown engine hoist can
be made to fit inside)
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> Subject: TR3 progress, brake line questions
> Thanks for the tips on the top, got it all set and readjusted, fits
> well and only mashed one digit in the process of getting it in place.
> Got the speed bleeders installed on all the brakes and the clutch
> slave except for rt front where bleeder snapped off almost
> immediately. Now soaking with penetrating oil and trying to decide
> whether I want to fight with this one troublesome bleeder.
> Bled the lines and found the leak under the radiator that
> precipitated the brake line work. I have the Girling system, line
> goes from rt front to left front under the front of the motor. (#39
> on page 50, Moss, part number 181-190 for those of you following
> along at home) Apparently this line was routed or bent so that it
> rubbed on the radiator hose that runs to the bottom of the radiator.
> Long term vibration/rubbing apparently caused a break in the line.
> Other lines seem solid. Question: Was this line routed correctly?
> Should it have been near or up against the radiator hose? I figure
> it must have gotten bent at one time to end up there.
> I will be ordering the new brake line, not going to snake the old one
> out until the new one is in hand. Does anybody have a tip on how to
> get this brake line out? I could snap it pretty easy and take it out
> in two pieces, but that doesn't help me figure out how to get the new
> one in place. Looks like if I take out the motor, radiator and strip
> the body off the frame, the brake line will be a breeze, but I am
> hoping for something a little less dramatic, like 1. getting the
> radiator hose out of the way, snaking the line down past the carbs
> and in place, or 2. I lay underneath and push/pull/curse the thing
> in place while Buffy helps from above. That method seems guaranteed
> to get a lot of grit and brake fluid in my eyes, will entertain the
> hell out of Buffy, so maybe that's the way to go?
> Need to get this and get back at it, have to look at the tail lights,
> blinkers etc which are still in box down there somewhere.
> Thanks again,
> Geezer, Buffy and the twins
> 59 TR3 TS52320 (a daily driver wannabe)