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Stainless Steel Brake lines?
John B Offline
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#1
Hey everyone; so my 88 tbird is going to get a brake overhaul. All new equipment and I will be swapping over to a vacuum assist system. I would like to install stainless steel brake lines while I have everything apart. I can't find a company that makes thunderbird specific stainless steel brake lines. Is there a mustang kit that will fit the 88 TC?

By the time I'm done modifying this car, it'll be half Mustang haha!
88 Turbo Coupe: Front mount intercooler, remote mount TFI, MGW short throw shifter... murdered out
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Jeff K Offline
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#2
Mustang lines will not fit as the Tbird has a longer wheelbase. SS bulk line is a PITA to flare and bend yourself.

Use Nickel-Copper (NiCop) brake line. Super easy to bend and flare, and will not rust. Just develops a little greenish tint after a few years. I use NiCop on all my old cars when brake lines are in need of replacement and I want the new lines to last forever. I but it in bulk on Ebay. More expensive than bulk coated mild steel line, but WELL worth the extra expense.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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anasazi4st Offline
Senior Member
#3
^^^ +1. I replaced my brake lines as Jeff described years ago. No problems since. (Not that there were any at that time.)

WHY did I do it? The car was then about 10 years old, and going by that logic I probably should replace them again (if time is any indication). Somewhere back whenever I read that one should consider replacing brake lines after a certain number of years. Looking back now, that makes little sense...it was a lot of work, and I’m not sure there was any real benefit, other than peace of mind.
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1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 1 T5OD full rebuild, 5 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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