Friday, October 5, 2018
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains
So - it looks like I'll be on the hunt for that early right side kick panel - or I can just install the late left side that I still have and call it a day. I'll start looking now just in case I'm able to find one.
The lines that I ordered from ISP are too long - in spite of the fact that they came with the correct part number on a tag - they simply don't fit as the original parts did.
I was able to dig up an original old style grommet for the brake line to go through the pan and after some greasing - the line and nut went right through without any issues. When I tear this car apart again in the future - I'm going to move the mount for the "T" so that the line comes out of the pan straight. Doing this will eliminate a few awkward bends in the line and bring the right side brake line closer to the pan in the process by reducing the projection of the loop. I don't know why Volkswagen didn't do this from the start because there's plenty of room to make it simpler in design and eventual replacement.
After a little bit of searching and agonizing, I decided to buy a proper bubble flare tool so that I can shorten all of the lines that are too long and eliminate the stress of buying pre-made lines and fucking them up - only to have to buy them again. Now I can simply buy a roll of line (or longer lines) and make the lines to the length I require. I'm going to wind up having more installed on the pan when it's mated to the body by doing this but I'll at least know that the brake lines are the proper length and I think it'll be easier to deal with before the pan and body are together. I can also ensure that all of the brake lines are of the same material and finish.