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#4660764 - 02/09/18 09:46 AM Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line.
mrsilv04 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 8297
Loc: Illinois
I have a 1952 Chevy DeLuxe with the external add-on oil filtration system. It is mounted to the engine, and is plumbed using what appears to be 5/16" steel brake line.

One of the steel brake lines has developed a leak at a 90 degree bend. I would assume that the bend stressed the line, and some 50 years later, it has given up.

The existing lines are steel. Now, the material of choice at AAP/AZ/NAPA appears to be NiCopp, as that is what they stock.

Is there any issue with using NiCopp for an application like this? There shouldn't be any movement, as everything is mounted to the engine. The only issue would be with vibration from the engine itself.
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#4660767 - 02/09/18 09:50 AM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
mk378 Offline


Registered: 09/27/15
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Loc: USA
NiCopp would work great for that. The only reason to use steel would be for antique authenticity.

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#4660831 - 02/09/18 10:44 AM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
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Loc: Marshfield , MA
Heh heh. If you hadn't tightened up the connection at the basket hard enough to stop the persistent weep that ran down and coated the line with oil and dirt for 60 yrs or so, you wouldn't need to change it grin2
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#4661071 - 02/09/18 02:46 PM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
red7404 Offline


Registered: 01/24/18
Posts: 204
Loc: KS
i bought some NICopp. used only a little. it works like steal. but when i clamped it with the clamping block it would crush very easy. best to be willing to wast some to learn how to make it work. it will NOT rust. be sure to double flare it like steal.

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#4661099 - 02/09/18 03:22 PM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
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It has been years but there used to be premade flexible lines made up for the industrial engines that used Bypass filters instead of full flow.
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#4661131 - 02/09/18 03:51 PM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Registered: 09/06/15
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Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
Yeah, modern hydraulic hose in its weakest form is 350 psi with push-on fittings. Just get the lines made a tractor shop and never look back smile
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#4661199 - 02/09/18 05:26 PM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
There should be no issue, they used copper tubing OE for mechanical gauges back in those days. Putting a coil in the copper line is an old school way of preventing breakage. Or find a Parker store and let them make something for you out of steel or SS.
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#4661401 - 02/09/18 09:17 PM Re: Using NiCopp for an oil filtration system line. [Re: mrsilv04]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
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I use long grease gun hoses (1/8" NPT) on those older Chevy engine oil filters.
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