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Daytona Coupe Cobra -
Brake & Clutch Master cylinders -
Feed lines

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In my original build, the clutch and brake reservoir cans (mounted on a small panel in front of the fire wall) were connected to their corresponding master cylinders with an AN-3 size Aeroquip cloth braided hose. This was done to provide a more period correct look to the plumbing. The hose was routed from the reservoirs, across the top rear of the foot box, down the side of the box to just above the main frame rail, then forward where it was transistioned to a 3/16" steel tube to bend back around the front of the box and to it's final connection to the master cylinders.

Even though the AN-3 hose was relatively small, it did add considerable congestion in the small space and already crowed area between the foot box and the engine and bell housing.

Even though there is a small removable aluminum panel in the side of the footbox for accessing the slave cylinder for adjustment and bleeding, the usefullness of the access panel plate was diminished because of the Aeroquip hoses.

The following photo shows the access hole in the footbox and the Aeroquip hoses that limited the usefulness of the panel.

After living with the restricted access to the clutch slave cylinder, I decided that the braided cloth Aeroquip hose had to go.

Review of a number of contemporary photos of the oringal Daytonas show that some of the cars now use a braided stainless steel AN hose routed across the top of the foot box then down the front of the box to the master cylinders. This routing certainly removed the "hose congestion" in the vicinity of the slave cylinder. I liked the routing, but was not ready to move to the "stainless steel AN hose look.

The solution that I adopted combined the routing and a more period correct (at lest to my eye) steel brake line tubing (versus the stainless steel). The use of a steel line was more trouble to bend to incorpoorate all the directional changes the tubes need to make between the reservoirs and the master cylinders (than a stainless steel AN hose), but I like the look. Additionally, the steel tubing was slightly smaller in diameter further adding to the compactness of the final installation.

The following photos show the new steel tube being fabricated and installation almost complete.

One final aspect of the feed line rerouting was to install heat shielding material around the steel feed tubes as well as fabrication of a shield over the master cylinders to help them survive the radiant heat from the headers which are very close. Heat isulation was also installed on the under side of the shield.

The almost complete insulation is shown in the following two photos.

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