Re: 156 front brake pipe replacement
Cheers all - I made a pipe and have fitted it, not re-filled with brake fluid yet as I think I am going to do the passenger side tomorrow as well just as a precaution. I took it under the wing, then straight up past the alternator where I secured it at the top with a bit of garden hose (to protect from chafing) then a cable tie to some other pipes maybe six inches below the bonnet line. Then from there straight across the bulkhead into the ABS unit, but I managed to get it behind the relays on the bulkhead and also behind the two fluid reservoirs, and then into the original clip that holds the 4 pipes that come out of the top of the ABS module. Its pretty secure, just needs to be held where it comes under the wing, not sure whether to use the original clip there, but that is the one that seems to have been the cause of the corrosion problems the 156 suffers from.. I specifically took my brake pipe out of that clip when I bought the car, cleaned up the surface corrosion and then coated the pipe in grease to stop it getting worse. It has got a little worse, there is some light pitting but I have sawn the original pipe in half across the worst point and the pitting only accounts for maybe a quarter of the thickness of the brake pipe, it would probably have been good for a few more years if I'd cleaned it up and coated it in Hammerite..
Actually, thats a good question, is it acceptable to paint the fixed brake pipes? Or would the MOT tester throw a fit?