Volume I, Issue 1, Page 60


We ordered all the necessary fuel and brakes lines from Classic Tube. This pre-bent steel tubing makes replacing damaged or rusty original tubes a simple job for the amateur restorer. Classic Tube stocks steel and stainless steel tubing for most Chevrolet models.

Classic Chevelles like this super rare 1965 Z-16 are becoming more and more desirable to high-end collectors.  While this awesome machine has certainly been taken care of during its life, many have not been.  One of the first things that a restorer should do is replace the fluid transfer lines.  With perfect reproductions from Classic Tube, no one will ever know the difference between the originals and these new stainless steel replacements.  The big difference is that the repros will probably never need replacing again.

Out of sight, out of mind! An age-old saying, and most likely never intended for automotive restoration topics. But in this case it’s more than relevant. Hidden under your Chevelle are several very important fluid transfer items, namely your brake and fuel lines. Since these are never in your face, it’s easy to overlook them, even during a restoration. These tubes are basically the same for the 1964 through 1972 models as the frame rails are pretty much identical, but the late model cars, with evaporative emissions plumbing, have vapor tubes at the gas tank and a fuel return line, which were not used on the early cars. 


The new tubing must be snaked between the frame and reinforcing member at the rear of the car. Some calisthenics are required here, but the tubes will fit. Notice the gravel guard wrapping to help protect the tube from road debris, etc.


After we had the steel lines in the correct location front and rear, and positioned as the factory originals, new retaining clips were installed. These clips are unique and you should remove your originals carefully for cleaning and reuse.

If your Chevelle lived much of its life in damp, wet or icy conditions the underside is probably less than pristine. The area of the frame rails -- where the lines mount -- most times is caked with dirt, and rust can be hiding in the shadows. The resto shop that removed the body of this ‘71 simply cut the old tubing at the front and rear for instant removal and then promptly lost the original mounting clips. Hey, what's new?

Here's What's New!