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    Don't know if this will help you or not but figured I'd throw it out there.

    When I set up an AC system I usually mock my rubber lines up with heater hose first. I go ahead and loosely install the fitting Iím going to be using where they need to go. Depending on the fitting, usually 1/2, 5/8, or 3/4 inch heater hose will slip into the fittings. As the heater hose has usually been stored in a coil it has a natural curve to it like the AC hose does and this can be an advantage as you can often make that curve work for you when laying out the hose (trying to bend the AC hose against the curve to make it lay the way you want can be a big PIA).

    I usually start out with the heater hose a bit on the long side then trim it to the correct length when itís fully seated in the AC fitting. Once Iím happy with the line layout I take a marker and draw a line on the fitting and hose so I know how the fitting are supposed to be oriented in case they get bumped when I take them into the parts store to have the actual line made. Thatís especially critical if you have a hose with an angled fitting on both ends that HAVE to be properly indexed from each other to work.

    When I take them into the parts store to have the lines made up I tell them to make the lines the same length as the heater hose. On the lines that have an angled fitting on them I tell them to make sure the curvature of the AC hose is oriented the same direction as the as the curve on the heater hose.

    For me it works like a charm, once I get the hoses back they always end up fitting and are the correct length. Make sure you tell them you want the heater hoses backÖÖ.that way you can lay the piece of heater hose on top of the new AC line and verify they cut it to the right length and the fitting were oriented correctly before they were crimped. Depending on the length of the heater hose it can often be used to connect the heater core so it doesnít go to waste.

    All that being said, itís been a long time since I bought heater hose so I donít know how pricey it currently is. I do know it should be a lot cheaper than AC hose (besides being a lot easier to work with when mocking up the system). If you screw up on just one AC line and have to have it remade chances are that the replacement line and fittings would end up costing more than the cost of heater hose for mockup.
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    Life does have a way of interrupting projects, huh?
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    It sure does, Dave. I got the bathroom remodel about 90% done and my wife had to have surgery on her back. Now I'm chief cook, nurse, and physical therapist for at least the next month... Maybe THEN I'll get to work on the '32 again.

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    I'm baaack! Finally! Geez, it seems like forever since I've spent any time on the '32. Anyway, the wife has mostly recovered from her back surgery and the bathroom remodel is finally finished. Except for my involvement in Electrathon racing, I should be free to make progress.

    Before life interrupted, I had turned my attention to the A/C hoses. After about three or four trips to the computer to order different fittings, I had everything I needed. It was about that time that I got sidelined. Finally, yesterday I was able to get back on the hoses and complete them. I have a borrowed hydraulic crimper (swedge tool) that installs the hose ends very neatly. I cut and fit all the different size (diameter) hoses before I crimped anything. While the hoses were in place, I marked the position of the ends on the hoses with a gold sharpie (visible on the under-dash pic). Then I took each hose off, one-at-a-time, and swedged the ends on. Finally, I tightened all the connections. I'll put the vacuum machine on it soon to check for leaks.

    Here are some pics of the finished hoses. Thankfully, most of the hoses are out of sight when the hood is in place. The pink zip-ties will be replaced with black when the grille shell goes back on and the mounting points are finalized.
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    Nice work on the hoses, which are a genuine pain to deal with! Having the crimper is a huge help, vs having to take them all to the auto parts store and explain how important it is that the marks line up EXACTLY, and praying that the guy was listening!
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    Sorry for the slow response - Electrathon racing season is under way now...

    My good friend Mike Krupp bought the crimping tool, so I bought the vacuum pump and gauges. Mike is building a '37 Chevy sedan and we'll use both pieces of equipment on both cars. We help each other frequently and, yes, having access to that tool made the job a lot more convenient.

    Today I finally put the grille shell back on the car. In order to do so I had to cut some material away to provide clearance for the A/C lines. It was a simple process, but every little step is a step closer to completion. Next is finishing the hood and making the new front mount for it.
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