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  • Post #27
    Originally posted by Rock&Roll Firebird View Post
    I understand. What I don't get is the fact that the coolant spits out of the expansion hose even when the engine is cold - that shouldn't be, should it? The cap should be closed when the engine is cold, no?
    Post #28
    Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post
    Maybe your thermostat is missing.
    Post #99
    Originally posted by Rock&Roll Firebird View Post
    Today I also managed to install the new expansion cap and thermostat. What was my surprise when I removed the tank and found no thermostat in there . Must say that Gary had a really precise note on this previously about the thermostat missing...
    Seventy one posts later, you finally took the expansion tank loose, then thought the thermostat missing was suggested by someone else. I suspect you may not be reading these posts all the way through.

    For one thing Gary, the expansion tank is a '58. They don't show both bolts for mounting the thermostat and there is a plug in the manifold. - Dave
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    • Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post
      Post #27

      Post #28

      Post #99

      Seventy one posts later, you finally took the expansion tank loose, then thought the thermostat missing was suggested by someone else. I suspect you may not be reading these posts all the way through.

      For one thing Gary, the expansion tank is a '58. They don't show both bolts for mounting the thermostat and there is a plug in the manifold. - Dave
      Sorry Dave, didn't want to steal the credit from you - off course it was your post . I mixed it with Gary's post about the thermostat being stuck open...

      Just for curiosity - any idea why the thermostat would be missing, would there be a reason for not installing it?

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      • Originally posted by KULTULZ View Post

        Anyone notice something is amiss regarding this illustration?

        Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post

        For one thing Gary, the expansion tank is a '58. They don't show both bolts for mounting the thermostat and there is a plug in the manifold. - Dave
        The ILL is calling out (description) a 59/ 430 application. But the tank is not turned but shows as an FE install but the intake is definitely MEL.

        What is the ILL actually showing/suggesting?

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        • Originally posted by Rock&Roll Firebird View Post

          Just for curiosity - any idea why the thermostat would be missing, would there be a reason for not installing it?
          Most likely, the thermostat stuck closed and someone removed it entirely thinking it would help overheating (which it won't).

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          • BTW-

            Installing a thermostat without having it slip and/or breaking the thermostat housing.

            Place the thermostat into the tank thermostat opening. Run a string through the thermostat and tie it into a loop. Run the string out the cap opening and place a pencil into the string loop. Turn the pencil until the string is holding the thermostat taught in the opening. Install and once properly torqued, cut the string and pull it out.

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            • Originally posted by KULTULZ View Post

              The ILL is calling out (description) a 59/ 430 application. But the tank is not turned but shows as an FE install but the intake is definitely MEL.

              What is the ILL actually showing/suggesting?
              No one knows? No educated guesses?

              HINT- It has to do with a 1958 BIRD prototype.

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