Can rear brake line be bypassed?

Old 01-17-08, 08:37 AM
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Can rear brake line be bypassed?

Hi all,
I have a very old, almost junkyard worthy pickup (for farm use only, not for the road!) that I am trying to squeeze a few years out of. I just learned that the back brakes need to be replaced and have also sprung a leak in rear the lines.

The front brakes are actually not bad, so I was wondering if there is a way to take the rear brake line out of the equation.

Is there a way to cut off the rear brakes and have just the fronts work?

Im now losing significant brake fluid from the rear ones.

Since the brakes are useless back there anyway and the truck is almost toast, I'd rather not redo the rear brake lines.

As always, any help greatly appreciated.
Old 04-03-08, 08:09 AM
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Cool excellent idea

I know it is not recommended on cars, but I too have a leak in my rear brake line,, It is a 97 olds, mid size and I only need it for getting to the train station in the morning, approx. 2 miles or less down the road, 6am no traffic. I am going to try and temp. repair line by using a strong gas line hose and clamps, only temperarily. thanks, just need to get by till megabucks decides to let me win for once. NO CASH

This would be considered extremely dangerous under ANY condition.

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Old 04-03-08, 08:45 AM
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NO CASH? Then who do I sue when you run over my child with your acknowledged unroadworthy vehicle.

What I'm trying to say is simply, fix the brakes or keep it off the street. A two mile walk will be good for you - 15 minutes of A.M. exercise.
Old 04-03-08, 08:56 AM
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I agree with what you've said. But as a side note, the dual (front/rear) braking systems came into production around 1967, as I recall. Before that, there was only one hydraulic reservoir on the master cylinder. I bring this up, as a former farm kid myself, due to the fact I'd define anything built after 1967 as a NEWER vehicle! My relatives who are still farming have pickups dating back to 1951 still in use. I have one uncle who still occasionally uses an early 40's Ford grain truck.

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Old 04-03-08, 09:36 AM
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Safety is of the utmost importance and whether you are talking about a farm vehicle or not, modifying the brake system in any fashion is not advised nor can it be condoned at all in this forum. Please don't offer any more bypass or partial brake system eliminations to this thread.
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Brake work (pads, cylinders, lines) is so easy and cheap to do, that considering any kind of shortcut is repulsive and smatters of laziness.
Old 04-04-08, 12:51 PM
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I think if you look at the time stamp you can see that this is pretty much a moot calling and such serves no purpose. Please keep your comments constructive, thanks.

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