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In the process of replacing the one remaining (rusted) steel brake pipe on the Ascot that was put down as an advisory on the MoT. It's one of the ones that runs along the back axle but the bracket holding the ends of the two hoses that run from the body to the axle is pretty bent and mangled. This means that the pipes that come from it are tight against the diff housing. Started straightening the bracket and there doesn't seem to be a lot of slack in the hoses. Should the hoses go above or below the panhard rod? At the moment they are below it and the protective spring thing is wearing but if I route them above it that will put them closer to the exhaust. Which is correct?

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I looked at mine, but NAS must be different, or they changed between 96 and 97. My brake lines don't run along the axle at all, but come off the frame on each side. Sorry I can't help.

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Mine too (Apr 98 production), sorry

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Yes, it was up to 97 model that have the hoses going to the centre of the axle, later ones have them coming off the chassis on each side.

I thought the bodgers who replaced the front to back pipes had got them crossed as the hoses have a twist in them (which I assumed was to take the cross out), but RAVE shows them as crossed too. Fortunately the Nanocom can open the inlet valves for each wheel so I was able to confirm they aren't crossed and the left calliper operates when you tell it too.

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Don't know if these help Richard.

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Thanks David, that's perfect. So they should have the twist in them but should go over the panhard road and not under it. My bracket has been bent almost over 90 degrees so the hoses point straight backwards and the metal pipes are jammed against the axle. At least now I know what it should look like I can get it back to how it should be.

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Just seen this. Yes, over the rod.

IIRC, it was only '95/6 that were like this. They changed in '97. So if you order new flexis, bear this in mind.

Don't ask me how I know, but Goodridge should NOW be aware of this fact!

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Figured mine didn't look right.......

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Hoses run under the Panhard rod and bracket bent so the pipes were hard up against the axle

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and this is how they are now, along with a new nearside pipe. Angle is still different to how it should be but as I finished it off in the rain, I'll give it a bend when I'm next under it.

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That looks a lot happier. They really had been tortured. As soon as the CVC gets back from the bodyshop I've got to replace the lines that run on top of the rear chassis rail which looks to be a very tight fit.

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They are, the two copper pipes that had been fitted to the Ascot had just been stuffed in roughly in place with the odd tie wrap attaching them to the original ones. I pulled out most of them and fitted the pipes into the clips but the bit at the back above the chassis rail is still there, just chopped off at each end. At least I've won myself a few spare pipe ferrules now. Rather than disconnect everything, re-run it and have to bleed the whole system, I took the panhard rod off and refitted it under the hoses.

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I was wondering if, as all the body to chassis bolts are out, I could use the engine hoist to lift the back of the body by the two threaded holes in the boot. Just a few mil would help.

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I don't see why not, it can't weigh that much and as you say would give you more space to play with. Would be worth changing the steel fuel pipes that run along the top of the RH chassis rail too while it is in that state. The return rusted through on my old SE so it generated a puddle of petrol under it when running but not when switched off. I'll admit I cheated a bit on that (the same as I did when I had the same problem on my Classic) and replaced both pipes with 7.9mm ID hose which was a perfect fit between the chassis and body.

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I've extracted the fuel pipes and whilst there were some pits in them there wasn't anything too worrying so I cleaned them up and repainted them with a finish coat of a khaki sort of colour that looked original

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The fuel tank cleaned up reasonably well as its plastic .

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