[Healeys] Clutch bleeder?

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Fri May 12 08:34:33 MDT 2017

"... copper alloy, which is susceptible to work hardening and fatigue 
cracking from vibrations from the engine"

I sure hope not, as I'm using 'cupranickel' copper alloy lines in part 
of my brake system.  According to the company I bought them from--yeah, 
I know--the alloy is not susceptible to work hardening.  Supposedly, 
these lines are used by Aston Martin, I think Volvo and some others.

I'm guilty of buying a lot of tricky things--tools, especially--that 
look like great ideas, but often end up on the shelf, never used.  But, 
Doug's bleeder extension was about the best $30 I ever spent.


On 5/12/2017 3:32 AM, BJ8Healeys wrote:
> I was fortunate to get his clutch bleeder extension for my BJ8 before Mr.
> Reid's untimely passing a few years ago.  To my knowledge, no one is
> carrying on the production of these extensions, but it was the inspiration
> for my attempt just within the last week to reproduce the idea on my MG
> Midget.  My local auto parts store was able to provide me with a pre-made
> hard line with fittings on each end to accommodate screwing into the bleeder
> threads on the slave cylinder, and to attach the bleed screw to the other
> end.  It works fine to bleed that inaccessible bleed port on the cylinder
> from a point next to the clutch reservoir.  The only problem is that the
> line is a copper alloy, which is susceptible to work hardening and fatigue
> cracking from vibrations from the engine, and is a bit too long.  There is
> no convenient place on the Midget engine to secure the line after it leaves
> the slave cylinder and still provide access to the bleeder.  The excess
> length required a few bends to accommodate it.  It's still a work in
> progress, I think.
> Steve Byers
> HBJ8L/36666
> BJ8 Registry
> AHCA Delegate at Large
> Havelock, NC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of
> ggilliam at usol.com
> Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:12 PM
> To: Healeys
> Subject: [Healeys] Clutch bleeder?
>    A while back there was information on a bleeder line extension for the
> clutch slave cylinder...does anyone know the particulars of the
> construction, such as length and fittings required, a picture perhaps?
>    Also, the side curtains for my Longbridge BN4 have just been laying in the
> boot for many years..would someone have a picture of the storage bag they
> should be held in? The front brackets on mine look home made..I'd like to
> see what they should really look like. Where the brackets removed for
> storage so the side curtains could lay flat together?
>    Thanks for the help,
>    Gordy
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