This is a multi-faceted repair post.

First things first: replacing the rubber parts of the fuel lines. It would appear that some parts of the metal lines arent flared at all, and some are:

from the tank, and up to the firewall are not flared.

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Fuel return , to gas tank and also the supply line that runs under the engine are flared. Not really sure what to make of this, what is actually original ect. ect. Just going to go with what is already on there. Going to just kinda double flare it instead of the full flare since that is too much to squeeze in the fuel hose.

On to flaring and bending the new line, I rented the kit (actually 2 kits) from advance. Essentially free, which is nice. What isn’t nice is this garbage:

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This arm is supposed to bend the tube without kinking it. it may even work for smaller lines. What it doesn’t work with, is the 3/8 supply line that I actually need it for.

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The damn thing has nothing to support the pipe (other than to firmly grasp

it by hand) so it only acts as a big lever to kink your pipe. I hope I can work this out or else I will need to go buy another line from NAPA (because I only need a short segment and nobody around here sells by the foot)

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It doesn’t work. I am considering instead buying this:

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Seems to make much more sense to me. An actual fuckin tool. 30$ for the set, and then I have it.

So those of you body shop oppos: Am I dealing with a lost cause here?

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A better look at my rusty tail panel. As I said, none of this is really structural (yet) but I am pulling rust flakes out of the inside of my rear frame rails and shit. I am wondering if this car will be actually worth restoring or whether I should just keep it a rat rod.

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Kinda rambling I know. Maybe you should just FIRMLY GRASP IT.