Yep….I try to buy good stuff made in the USA but it will make you cringe sometimes…paying $20-$30 for a fitting.I appreciate all the replies and suggestions. My flare gasket will arrive Friday but I’m still exploring all my options. I see a lot of stainless flexible lines with an fittings. Does anyone have any experience with them? I’m guessing that they are made in China.
I replaced the radiator with an aluminum one. Apparently the upper inlet is not quite in the same location causing the line to be at a slight angle and not giving a good seal. It’s a slight leak but I don’t want any leak!Strange after working on cars for four decades I can still get a flare fitting to seal. Stainless lines are the exception.
Great advice.Make sure the flare meets the cone WITHOUT needing to use the threads. If you're using the nut to draw it into place, you're setting yourself up for failure. It should line up and meet squarely without any help. And if you crank on that nut too many times, the threads in the radiator are gonna get tired, and then you'll have an even bigger problem.
DEcided to cut the old line. I’ve got it bent and have the compression fitting ready. I’ll probably try to finish it up this weekend. I appreciate all the help and ideas presented by all of you..got to get the car back on the road.By kinking the tubing you're half way to solving this issue. Cut the old line behind the kink, buy a new line that is flared from parts store and bend it to fit. Connect with compression fitting and go racing!