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I have a 1962 Imperial Custom which I want to wake up. It needs the brake hard lines replaced and new flex hoses. The hoses are easy enough to find, but the hard lines not so much. Classic Tubes has a kit for a 1960 Imperial which would work for most of the lines including for the master cylinder, the front dual-wheel cylinder joining line and the front cross member lines and the hard line that runs along the frame rail. Then there is the one for the rear axle. I think most of the hard lines in the kit will work for the 1962 Imperial, which still has the total-contact brake system. The 1963 models changed and have a Bendix rear brake drum system with the auto-adjust system. The 1962 model still is the older system.

The car is a baby blue in color and is pretty much original. It was involved in an accident long ago which involved at least the driver's door. When I was replacing the carpet years ago I found lots of glass under the OEM carpet. The car is going to eventually need repainting. I am leaning toward going with either a dark blue metallic or teal metallic paint instead of the original baby blue. There is some minor body damage around the chrome piece under the bucket headlights and on the right rear quarter panel - nothing major.

The car still has its original 413 engine with Carter 4-bbl carburetor. It has not been started in years, but is stored inside our barn. It may need some ATF put in the cylinders and turn over by hand to lubricate the cylinder walls. It still has relatively clean oil in the crankcase.

The fuel tank needs to be checked. I replaced the tank fuel level float & pickup tube assembly years ago with the last new unit that was on a dealer's shelf in Washington state. I need to remove the tank and clean the inside and the fuel line all the way to the fuel pump. There's no telling what condition the tank and lines are in after sitting for years. A new fuel filter will be needed too. The filter currently on the car is the type made with clear plastic so you can look into it and see any debris.

Its going to be a slow process. I am now in my upper 70s and not very agile any more. My youngest son may have to do most of the work.

Joe
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Joe, you can always have someone custom bend any needed hard brake lines. Don’t forget the wheel cylinders, master cylinder and power brake booster. It’s always a good idea to go over safety items. Since the Imperial has been sitting for some time in a barn, some critters may have nested in your car and cause wiring damage as well as nesting in the headliner, trunk etc. Good luck with such a unique car.
 

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So far the mice have not messed with the wiring. I have also kept a metal plate over the carburetor intake opening. Of course they sometimes also get into the exhaust system. I'll have to check on that. I have been placing moth balls in the car to discourage them.

I will have to check on the brake hard lines. I guess I can start by asking at area car parts stores. I did learn that the O-ring that seals the fuel filler tube to the gas tank is a readily available part and fits many MOPAR cars from 1961-1974 and perhaps even others. It is not a conventional O-ring but has a groove in it that slips over metal edge when installed. There is also another rubber ring near the gas cap that keeps down rattling. It has a somewhat star shape to its outer surface. I think that one can be softened with application of some acetone.

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This site has a lot of nos and repro parts for our old mopars.
When you get into the fuel system work be sure to replace all the rubber tube connections with rubber suitable for ethanol fuel. The old rubber often deteriorates from from the inside.
I bought a couple lineal ft. of fuel injection fuel hose at my local auto supply.

A company near me in Detroit area makes hard lines for brakes and fuel. Go to their catalog for mopars for a better listing of available parts.
 

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This site has a lot of nos and repro parts for our old mopars.
When you get into the fuel system work be sure to replace all the rubber tube connections with rubber suitable for ethanol fuel. The old rubber often deteriorates from from the inside.
I bought a couple lineal ft. of fuel injection fuel hose at my local auto supply.

A company near me in Detroit area makes hard lines for brakes and fuel. Go to their catalog for mopars for a better listing of available parts.
We are lucky that we have a gas station that has ethanol free gasoline! That is the only gas station that we utilize. All ethanol fuel produces lower mpg figures no matter what kind of automobile it is. Thanks for the recommendation. I will check them out.

Joe
 
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