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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 04, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used the SSteel-Flex hose kit like the one available from Jegs? I was just wondering how phoney they look and if you can see the clamps. Thanks guys!

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If those are the hose covers, they look pretty bad. They are a pain to install and they don't look very good.There is no doubt that you can tell them aprt from the real thing.

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Yup, they can be a pain and you can tell them from the real thing... that said... I've got them on my '68 and they look pretty nice. Check out the pics on my webpage.

To get them on easily, you need to pre-stretch them... for the larger diameter radiator hoses, I used a broom handle to stretch them out... once stretched, it is pretty easy to get them on the hoses.

Oh yes, the kit I used was from Summit... about $35 if I remember.

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John, I appologize. I shouldn't have been so blunt. You did a nice job with yours. Most of the ones I have seen look pretty bad. I tried to use one of those kits years ago (it was free) and my goodness it was a pain and did not look very nice when done, so I wasted several hours and ended up tearing it all off.

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No offense taken at all Royce. I've seen them on other cars where they look pretty bad too...

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I'm reasonably happy with my hoses. Basically to install the, use a broom handle and slide the ends of the cover towards each other. This makes the cover get bigger. Place it over the hose and then pull it tight again. It should tighten right back up on the hose. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] I used electrical tape on the ends (under the end covers) so things will stay put.



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Hey, thanks for the input guys! I guess they don't look too cheesey. The ones I was talking about are a step up from those I believe. The kit runs something like $130.00 from Jegs. I'll probably just go ahead and get the real deal. The only bog is trying to figure out what fittings I'll need to hook up to vaccum advance, power booster, PCV...etc. Back in the late 70's I worked one summer at Hiller Aviation and they had a whole bin full of lines and fittings that didn't hold up to aviation specs but was just fine for a hot rod, free for the taking! Man, those were the days...(insert dream sequence here with old guy in a rocker with a shawl on looking off in the distance)...LOL...Thanks fellas! [img]graemlins/sad.gif[/img]

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