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remove brake lines for new steering shaft install?

So, I'm about to replace master cylinder and redo the brake lines from the MC to the prop valve. the MC is leaking and the lines are a jumbled mess after recent header install.

I also had borgeson steering shaft up next on the list, but after watching an install vid for that, I'm thinking just leave the MC and brake lines out until after the new steering shaft is in. Less crap to work around. What sayest the master installers here?

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Have done it both ways, on the 78 I did not feel like they were really in the way enough to wish they were not on there.
It would no doubt be the easiest possible if the brake lines where not there though.


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Hard to judge which is more important: steering or stopping?😳. A wiser person would have removed the master cylinder and laid it off to the side instead of mangling the lines, but they are probably okay as long as there aren’t any serious kinks. 🙈🙀. Just kidding with you, nobody goes in knowing everything. Unless you have a trashed rag joint I would put my money elsewhere rather than buy a fancy Borgeson joint for the steering shaft, but you are there looking at your machine.

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yes, I concur about spending the money on the new shaft. I went home for lunch prepared to order it, but checked the play again first. There is a little play in the u joint by the firewall, but not what I would call excessive(maybe ~5 degrees). There is about 3-4 times as much play at the steering box and the steering wheel has about 1/8 turn slack in it. The rag joint actually looked in good shape. I tightened the steering box adjuster about 1/4 turn a couple weeks ago and it made a dramatic improvement, I guess I still have a bit more adjustment to go. Still plenty other places to spend money for now.
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Sometimes you have to make the call. On my 78, I have the wilds horses Saginaw kit on my shelf, the the lower bushing and that kit, then the redhead box. I just want to do it once. My .02....

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