Last month's installment of our 60th Anniversary Speedway Motors Tribute T was fairly painless, as getting it to the rolling chassis stage was genuinely like building a 1:1 scale model kit, except we used nuts 'n' bolts instead of glue. This month we veered away from the kit ethos, as though Speedway Motors offers pre-bent brake line kits for some of its other T kits, as of this writing, they don't offer one for the Tribute T. They can, however, supply lengths of straight 3/16-inch brake tubing, flex hoses, and all the fittings and line clamps required, along with the tools needed, should this be your first time.
It's easy to get confused when bending brake lines, but plan it out and go slowly and it can actually be enjoyable. We started at the master cylinder, worked our way to the adjustable proportioning valve, plumbed back to the rearend, and then forward to the front brakes. We added residual valves in the lines to prevent fluid bleeding back to the master cylinder, as it is mounted lower than the brakes. We used electrical tape to hold the tubing to the chassis until we'd completed each section of the system, then drilled and tapped the framerails to accept 10-32-inch Allen headed stainless bolts and stainless line clamps.
We also painted and installed the Blueprint Engines 350ci Chevy small-block and B&M TH350 transmission this month. Our chassis was supplied with mounts for an SBC, which eliminated any fabrication or welding (gotta say, that aspect of building a “kit car” sure is nice!). We used Eastwood's new two-part aerosol primer once we'd prepped the engine block, heads, and oil pan, followed by single-stage Ford Wimbledon White. Naturally we took the necessary respiratory precautions required when using such products. Hey, this thing's beginning to look like a car!