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MG MGA - Brake lines
|I am restoring my engine compartment of my 1958 MGA 1500 and would like to know what the proper color is for the brake lines? I have cleaned one of them up and it is a bright silver finish. I guess these are steel lines. Just wondering how they came from the factory? If they are meant to be unpainted does anyone recommend clear coating them? Thanks.|
Stephen in Simi Valley
58 MGA 1500
|If you use cupro-nickel lines, no need to coat with anything.|
Who is looking anway?
What is the likelihood that the lines I have are cupro-nickel?
|Zero. Cupro-nickel pipes are sort of copper color, but someone who has seen them can easily tell they are not copper tubing. The silver color pipes are galvanized steel, as original.|
So, did the galvanized steel lines go in plain and unpainted?
|The first place I worked after leaving school (1965) was a factory making air braking systems for trucks. Mild steel components there were electroplated with zinc rather than galvanised. At that factory, the components were then "passivated" by dipping them in a chromate solution. This gave them a yellowish coloration.|
|Stephen, the lines I have bought from Moss have been cupronickel, mostly. They should have an etched marking "CN102" (UK) or ATM 706 in USA.|
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