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Early brake lines

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I'm working on bringing a 65 1500 back to life and looking at replacing brake lines after 20 years of storage. Another member is doing the same with a 64 1500. I know nothing of the early cars and am looking for some help on what changes were made. I do know the following.

Both years had front drum brakes.
The interior changed in 65
There was also a 1600 in 65

Did the 1500 and 1600 in 65 use the same brake lines, other than possible differences for disc brakes? I know the 1600 came out mid-year, but were the brake lines the same other than the disc portion? Did Datsun change brake lines mid-year, or just the disc parts?
Can the 64 use the same lines as a 65?
Is there someone that can point out the differences? Any input would be welcome. If I can avoid sending the lines out as a template, I'd like to. Thanks Pat
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Re: Early brake lines

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Have you checked with Classic Tube in New York? They mace have a pattern. Also, if you have an old set of lines they can match them.

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Re: Early brake lines

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The rubber flex lines are different. I don't remember the details off the top of my head but they are different as I recall. The metal lines should all be very similar.
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Re: Early brake lines

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Yes, classic tube can match them, but am trying to avoid sending them back. I know there will be diferences at the front. Pat
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Re: Early brake lines

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Not hard to replicate the hard lines.
I used string to measure the original length of each line by following the bends carefully.
Purchased new lines from my local Brake Specialist cut to length plus a fiddle factor.
I put black heat shrink tubing over the lines to replicate the original plastic tubing.
Bent the new to match the shape of the old using hands, knees and tubing former.
Be very fussy to match the old in the process.
Fit new nipples/junctions/fasteners to the tubes on the correct ends and facing the correct way: tape in position about 100mm from the end of the tube so they don't fall off.
Have your favourite brake shop form all the necessary flares on their you beaut flaring device.
Take them home and fit away.
Bundy tube is reasonably cheap and is what the factory used: stainless steel is overkill in my opinion.
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Re: Early brake lines

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Again, can I use 1600 lines on the 65 1500? I don't want to start from scratch and bend my own. I know classic tube offers 1600 brake lines, but the 65 1500 is an odd beast. Is there anyone who has experience? The 64 1500 is also of interest to me. Thanks Pat
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Re: Early brake lines

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Ask Steve Carter who has a 65. He probably knows.
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