Odd and dangerous brake conditions

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84dragcutlass

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Okay so on a parts car that i got a couple months ago (mostly for sheet metal for punkin patch) i was going through the odds and ends parts to either keep or get rid of. I finally got around to taking the lines off of the master cylinder to make lines to bench bleed the master cylinder on my 87 while on the car. Long story short when i took the lines off of this parts car i found this behind the front line.
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What you can see in this picture is a thumb tack of all things, placed point out, with the point going into the brake line and RTV behind it.... For the love of god what is wrong with people? Im guessing from the state of the front calipers on the car and the completely worn out sliders (you could rock the caliper back and forth) that the front brakes probably made a lot of noise at best but why would you ever do this? Keep in mind before it was spun on the interstate the guy was driving this thing...
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carnutjw

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Josh-FYI, the front outlet goes to the rear brakes(at least on my car). My guess would be there was a problem somewhere in the system and that basically plugged it off but still gave the appearance of functionality. Nothing but front brakes might be kinda hard on them.
 
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84dragcutlass

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Josh-FYI, the front outlet goes to the rear brakes(at least on my car). My guess would be there was a problem somewhere in the system and that basically plugged it off but still gave the appearance of functionality. Nothing but front brakes might be kinda hard on them.
Ha! learn something new everyday, here i thought those were for the front. Thanks for correcting that
 

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Wow. I have seen clamps on the rear flexible brake hoses but never that
 
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Okay so on a parts car that i got a couple months ago (mostly for sheet metal for punkin patch) i was going through the odds and ends parts to either keep or get rid of. I finally got around to taking the lines off of the master cylinder to make lines to bench bleed the master cylinder on my 87 while on the car. Long story short when i took the lines off of this parts car i found this behind the front line. View attachment 198757

What you can see in this picture is a thumb tack of all things, placed point out, with the point going into the brake line and RTV behind it.... For the love of god what is wrong with people? Im guessing from the state of the front calipers on the car and the completely worn out sliders (you could rock the caliper back and forth) that the front brakes probably made a lot of noise at best but why would you ever do this? Keep in mind before it was spun on the interstate the guy was driving this thing... View attachment 198758 View attachment 198759
Whelp, now you know why it probably spun on said interstate
 
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Rt Jam

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The threads do zero sealing on a flared line. It only pushes the flare onto the cone. Some people should never be allowed near a car repair.

Spun on the interstate, Now we know why.
 
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Guess none of you grew up on a farm...used to see this on old farm trucks. Got a leak in a line, put a box nail in the line and tighten 'er up!

Bought a 72 F350 Camper special from a guy...rear brakes only. Yep, nail in the front line off the MC. Turned out the calipers drug. so that was their "fix"
 
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I've done some hokey shiz but that is BAD! I once bashed a rear brake line shut just to get home but not on a friggin' interstate!!
 
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spidereyes455

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Hillbilly line-lock? Disable the rear brakes at the source to make it easier to do burnouts 🤷‍♂️
 
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