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does anyone know where i can get the metal lines for the manta automatic tranny? if i cant find them i guess i will have to make them
 

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adam,

i dont think you'll find anything like that new. most likely have to just go to a local parts store and buy the right sized steel line. you may have to buy some adapter fittings if the threads on the lines wont go into the trans or radiator. might want to borrow a double flaring tool if you dont have one.
 

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Adam;
I have a set on the one Rallye I'm stripping, I can remove them intact, but, they'd be kinda akward to ship as they start at the trans on the passenger side, and flip over to the driver's side, and run down the frame rail and then a 90 degree turn in front of the base of the radiator.
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the fittings that are on the lines where it hooks up to the radiator, am i able to get something like those at a part store or maybe OGTS? maybe there is another car that has the similar fittings on it, my dad said something about maybe an escort he recalls having similar fittings on it?
 

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Adam;
I don't know about that, but, anything is posible.
 

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spdkilz02 said:
the fittings that are on the lines where it hooks up to the radiator, am i able to get something like those at a part store or maybe OGTS? maybe there is another car that has the similar fittings on it, my dad said something about maybe an escort he recalls having similar fittings on it?
Something similar won't get it Adam, it has to be an exact fit. You're looking at 100 psi or more coming out of the tranny pump going to the radiator fittings. Better to be safe and right than sorry and have to replace a tranny. :eek:
 

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A few suggestions. Take an existing line if you have one to a local Napa and try to get what you need. They are much better at Fittings and tubing than most others. Be sure you tell them what it's for.

You never mentioned if yours were damaged or missing so I'm just guessing.

See if Gene can give you a picture with some dimensions to help get them right.

If your going from scratch be sure and have the flaring tool and a tube bender. Neither are as expensive as having a blown tranny. HTH
 

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it has the fittings and the lines already there..its just that the one line is leaking and i was goin to just replace all the lines while i was going through it.
 

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spdkilz02 said:
it has the fittings and the lines already there..its just that the one line is leaking and i was goin to just replace all the lines while i was going through it.
DFTTAB . . . don't fix (replace) things that ain't broke! :rolleyes:
 

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well im going to just fix it right now so it doesnt leak and will pass inspection. but this winter im going to redo the car and would like to make new lines for then and just thought that i would find them now so i have em.
 

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Adam, if the leak is at the fitting, a simple cure would be to take the fitting out and wrap "teflon" tape no more than two wraps around the threads in the tightening direction and put it back in. Carefully seat the fitting being careful not to overtorque. Steel fittings in aluminum and brass will strip out the receiver threads in no time. HTH.
 

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Earl's

Earl's Performance Plimbing in Lawndale, CA not only make lots and lots of stock and high performance automotive hose/lines but they will fabricate you one if you send them the original. Its not very expensive either (had a pair of extra length lines made for a raised 69 ford van for 60 bucks each).

I also had a pair made for my GT (with automatic) at a big rig truck maintainence shop. I took in my lines and they used the original banjo fittings (actually cut them and brased them to an end piece then fitted new high pressuire hydraulic hose) They charged me $30 each 20 minutes later!

In the GT the banjo fittings are more than necessary, as a straight fitting will put one of the lines in contact with the oil filter and no fun comes with that. (my wife drove home and told me that "theres something leaking" . it was a hole worn by the trans line into the oil filter and now have poor oil pressure and needs bottom end bearings)

Earl's is now part of Holley, so you can find their catalog in the holley website. You have to Yahoo them to get the Lawndale phone number.
 

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Ron;
I hate to dissagree with you, but, the fittings to the radiator (if that's where his leak is) can not be wrapped in teflon tape, as the fliud passes inside the fitting (it's hollow) and passes through two holes in the threaded portion of the fitting. The tape would block this off.
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I'll be darned Gene, I didn't know that. Good thing you brouoght it up, some one could have damaged their tranny following my suggestion. Great catch on that. I guess it's part of the Opel thingy, just a bit different here and there. Both my van (Chrysler) and the monza (GM) have straight through fittings and I use "Teflon" on them whenever I have to take out the fittings.
 

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Actually Ron, I wouldn't have caught it myself, had I not recently took the radiators out of 3 automatic Opels recently.
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That's what so darn cool about this site, the wealth of information available, folks just being really neat about preventing screw ups like I almost made, but for you. Thanx again.
 

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The leak is at the rubber mount that is screwed to the firewall on the back of the engine compartment. Maybe cut and flange the metal and get longer hose to get past the point of the leak? This would leave the rest of the line untouched.
 

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ok, ill see about just doin that and then this winter tear it all done and redo it all
 
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