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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
    I don't disagree that the price is ludicrous, but there really isn't an option that's 100% like original. For that matter though, all the OG tubing I've seen is discolored from 50 years of livin' in an engine bay.
    Who has a fresh NOS piece to compare color, and who else might know the difference? Ed is right, 90% of us won't know or care.

    First time I faked these tubes using foam plumbing insulation rattle-canned with pumpkin Krylon. Looked pretty snazzy.

    Jim, are you sure? SCAT 10 hose is wire-reinforced silicone duct like you'd use for race car brakes or cabin ventilation.

    EDIT: Just found something that looks good and at $88 for 60 (oops!) INCHES a MUCH better price than Stoddard. https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tnp...hoCPocQAvD_BwE
    Russ, Thanks for questioning me. I just reread the post and the OP is not looking for the duct between the heater valves and the heat exchangers. I apologize for wasting bandwidth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOYER73S View Post
    any other options then???
    I'm happy to take some good photos of the ones on my car to see if you're happy with the quality, mine came from SM a few years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edmayo View Post
    HA! yes, but correct enough for 90% of the owners!
    Ed, you are right. I am just cranky about the constant issues I seem to have with $$$ reproduction parts. At $60 for two pieces of .20 cents foam I would expect them to be on the money. Look at Erics products, it can be done.

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    Just for fun I ordered a 5' piece from MSC... it'll be interesting to compare to what Stoddard sells. Will post pix when they arrive.
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    OK, finally got the stuff from MSC... it's thinner wall than expected but being silicone, no issues with heat. Left is the Stoddard repop, right is an OG piece.

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    The silicone looks closer to the right color (whatever that's supposed to be) and while the repop tubes are dimensionally right, original tubes are much softer.

    The image of the product on MSC Direct's site is nothing like what was received. Too bad, was hoping for a good alternative.
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    I think the MSC tube looks pretty good , I will try it . Some trivia : the tube or hose was black on 911's built in '65 and maybe early '66 .

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    If you want the MSC stuff I'll send you mine, Rich. It's NOT what is pictured on their site, the ID is 1.5" so the wall thickness is much less than expected.

    Also, it came from a third party supplier and took a month to arrive. As I said, the color is better but the material doesn't match the OG tubes..
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    My recollection is that the hose on my '65 911, 301382, was not black when I got the car circa 1997, but it was disintegrating. The defroster hoses in the car at the time might have been original or might have been replaced years before I bought the car.

    For many years I settled for black VW reinforced paper hose.
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    301318 hoses are black. I do not believe they have been painted. I checked with acetone on a small section and do not see any orange. They are pretty fragile though.

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