Re: hose coverings
OK, I'll admit it... I have them on my '68.
I bought the kit from Summit... I think it was the Spectre brand. Anyway, these can look good if they are installed properly. When you do not install them properly, they get snagged and stretched and look like crap...
To install these to look good, the trick is to first stretch out the braiding to fit your hose PRIOR to trying to put it on the hose. I did this by using wooden dowels of various diameters and sanded the end round. Insert the dowel into the braid to get it stretched out without snags.
Then, take the hose you wish to cover with the braid... take some electrical tape and wrap it around the end of the hose (to soften any sharp edges). Gently and slowly slide on the braid.
Now, pull the braid just tight enough (lengthwise on hose) so that it fits snug, but not so tight that the hose is showing through the braid. Wrap the ends of the braid in electrical tape right at the end of the hose (so that the braid won't fray when you cut it). Cut the braid, slip on your hose clamp and you're done.
Yeah, they're cheap and kind of cheesy... but if you want to do it right, that is how you do it.
- '68 Chevy Camaro (sort of done, but always subject to improvement)
- '63 Pontiac Tempest (work in progress)
- '72 Datsun 240-Z (back-burner for now)