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Thread: Colt disk brakes pictures

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    Would someone have pictures of a factory Colt Cleveland brake installation that they would post. I would like to see how and where the factory connected the hard line that runs inside the gear vee to the flex line that attaches to the caliper. Trying to figure out the best routing to protect the brake line from damage and the length of the flex line.
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    Default Re: Colt disk brakes pictures

    I was able to find a Colt owner to give me the run down. Piper did not use flex lines on the Cleveland disk brake installation. They just hooked up the copper line to the caliper. Steve’s STC for the Cleveland disk brakes requires a flex line to be installed at the caliper. Makes sense. I will probably have to weld a bracket to the gear for a support bracket for the flex line. Another major alteration 337 form to research and complete. Just attaching the flex line to the copper hard line without support seems to defeat the whole purpose of a flex line. How is everyone else providing this line support?
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    Default Re: Colt disk brakes pictures

    I have seen short flex lines between the hard line and caliper on many disc brake installs but don't recall any bracket for the flex line. I guess I would have to see a mock up of your installation to understand your concern.

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    Default Re: Colt disk brakes pictures

    My original concern was lack of support for the hard brake line. The high pressure hose required for disk brake systems is not very flexible, especially in a short length. I was concerned about work hardening the copper line. Yesterday, I exchanged text messages with a very knowledgeable and experienced individual and his opinion was that putting a union just past the landing gear vee lower brake line support would suffice. Looking at my gear, I agree, so I will replace the old copper line and Weatherhead fittings with aluminum line and AN fittings. Place a union just past the last support and run flex line from there to the caliper. Pug was not concerned with protecting the brake line from tall grass and stumps so I guess I will not be either.
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    Default Re: Colt disk brakes pictures

    I have a 1961 Colt with Cleveland brakes and it has one hard line all the way down to the calipers. It comes out the bottom of the gear vee thru the fabric and then wraps around the front of the axle and then into the front of the caliper which is mounted on the upper aft location (about at 45 degree angle) on the disc. I land in tall grass and the grass sometimes gets stuck behind the hard line/axle, I just pull it out after landing no big deal.

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    Default Re: Colt disk brakes pictures

    Did an annual on a Colt the other day and this is how it’s brakes were done..

    Brian





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    Thank you ��
    Marsha ��

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