By: Buddy Ward
Every day we have someone looking for a hard to get hose assembly that the dealer or other outlets just don’t seem to make anymore. Every day we give them the “solution”.
For years we have been fabricating and repairing hoses for vehicles that had hard to find assemblies, including aluminum manifold assemblies. We take the customer’s old hose and cut the actual rubber away from the metal fittings, braze ferruled fittings to the metal, and then crimp on new hose. Presto, good as new!
This all sounds easy enough, but remember there is considerable time and effort that go into the process. After cutting the rubber away, the metal is bead blasted, and then new fittings are brazed on. Next, it is sent back over to the bead blaster to again clean it up, before going on to the crimping process.
There is a great amount of time doing this, and the customer must get charged for it. However, it’s still cheaper than most factory assemblies, AND it’s available!