Being the wannabe truck builder I am, there's more than a few phases of construction that I'm far from mastering. That said, one of the chores I've always had trouble accomplishing on the first try was bending and flaring steel brake and fuel lines. I'm not sure what my problem was in that respect-whether it was less than high-quality tools (unlikely) or just a lack of finesse (very likely), but shaping and flaring those darn lines so they all fit and didn't leak was always a thorn in my side. Heck, I was at the point where I'd rather drill out rivets than plumb a chassis-and I hate drilling out rivets! Unfortunately, I'd already drilled out the dozens of rivets I'd needed to out of the chassis of my '57 small-window's frame, and the next step in the build was the dreaded aforementioned plumbing chore.
As I sat at my workbench dreading my upcoming plumbing session I began thinking I might have better luck with a new flaring tool (mainly because I refused to admit to myself that I was, in fact, the cause of my flaring troubles) so I grabbed my newest Eastwood catalog to eyeball what they offered in the way of plumbing tools-hoping perhaps I'd get lucky and find one I'd be able to operate successfully. Well, as is often the case, a few minutes of searching yielded a couple of good options, and soon I was online placing my order for their PN 25304 Brake Tube Flaring Tool as well as a new tubing bender (PN 49106) and a neat pair of specialty tube bending pliers (PN 49704) too. Heck, I needed all the help I could get.
To make a long story short, I received my new tools in a couple of days, and just as I'd hoped, my new Eastwood purchases resulted in numerous bends that fit and flares that were leak-free! I knew it; it was my old inferior tools after all! Take a look at this cool tool; it sure helped me overcome my aversion to plumbing-and if you've got some brake or fuel line plumbing in your future I highly recommend Eastwood's Brake Tube Flaring Tool!