What’s wrong in this picture above? (hint, not the cracked shock bushings). Another clue is below, but see if you can find it before you scroll down…
This is a safety concern, and while we have never seen this before, it is worth taking a look at your Sprite to make sure you do not have the same issue. The brake hard line (to the passenger side front brake) was improperly bent or manipulated in such a way that it was contacting the shock arm. As the shock moved through its range, it was sawing into the hard line, which would eventually drain the brake hydraulics and result in a loss of brakes (you can see the silver abraded brake pipe in the picture above, which is where the line would ultimately fail)
This car was sold online by a dealer in California and came to us all the way from the West coast for sorting and repairs. Sending the car all this way has already paid off for the owner, as we just averted what could have been a disaster. We’ll make a new line and install it so it looks more like the picture below.
Above you can see a hard line we just installed on a different restored car we are building for a customer from Tennessee. Here you can see the (copper-colored) brake line bent in a radius that keeps it well clear of the soon to be moving shock arm. Make sure you have ample clearance on your car!