Thanks a ton for the lightening fast replies. I have learned so much from this board. I will try retrofitting some tube around it.
Sixto, I think I know what you mean re the PS clamp and the hose you are seeing is actually covering insulation, the hose underneath is sort of permanently clamped. And thanks for thepost re the vacuum filter. I didn't see one.
Any idea what the $$ will be if I go to the dealer and say replace all the vacuum lines under the hood?