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Fitting A New Lh To Rh Front Brake Pipe


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#1 leeesslemont

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 01:27 PM

Hi

 

I have to replace the LH to RH front brake pipe. on my 98 MPI  Access on the drivers side is pretty much non existent...........

 

Do any of you experts have any tips or advise you could share with me? 

 

Is it worth cutting a 'hatch'in the inner driverside wing? 

 

Thanks In advance 

 

Lee 

 

 

 



#2 DeadSquare

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 02:57 PM

You are talking about the metal pipe that runs from under the clutch housing, along the front of the subframe and disappears under the rad ?      Not simple.

 

The first time I did one, I asked both the local BMC workshops, and they both said "engine out".

 

Needless to say, I "cut a hatch", and then had to make it bigger, but I got it undone.

 

To replace the new pipe, I cut a slot in a box spanner, put it over the union along the pipe and held it from opening up with a jubilee clip, which got my spanner to somewhere under the starter pinion.

 

The ******* union cross threaded as I screwed it in and I had to take the engine out, but otherwise, I recon that the box spanner idea would have worked.

 

In 40 years, I have only done about 4 since, but as I have the where-with-all to extract the engine, I don't think twice about what I'll do.






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