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  • #76
    Cooling System Diagnostic Tools

    I am going to post this info within this thread-

    -Block-Chekô is a complete combustion leak tester - CLICK HERE -

    I will also ask poor Ray... ...to post some photos of other COOLING SYSTEM DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS, the system pressure tester being the most important.

    Here are the pix of the additional diagnostic tools that Gary sent me... "Poor Ray"!

    1) Cooling system (including cap) pressure check tool-

    2) Shop air actuated cooling system flushing tool-

    3) Coolant system refill tool (no air ingestion)
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    Last edited by KULTULZ; May 16th, 2013, 01:30 AM. Reason: Adding Pix

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    • #77
      Originally posted by simplyconnected Post #26

      I think Ford saw the error in their ways with the original expansion tank design. They later changed it to include ribs for better rigidity.

      The 'smooth top' design flexed too much, even with low pressure, causing cracks and leaks. The top surface is about (10 X 6) 60 square inches. 7psi produces about 400 pounds of pressure on the seams. The tank tries to deform itself into a sphere (a ball).

      'Leaking surge tank' is a very common complaint. Another complaint is, after being 'fixed' it doesn't last long before another leak develops. Again, it's in the design.

      Ford used the correct materials (copper and brass, soldered with lead). If it were made of aluminum, I couldn't fix it and the tank would probably be tossed. Ford's only mistake was not adding enough strength to compensate for the flexing. I just recently returned JohnG's tank after I added three bronze rods that pierce through both top and bottom of the tank. The rod ends and are soldered with silver alloy for strength. This will stop flexing and should end all future leaks due to cracking seams.

      I purposely left the tank unpainted to show all the areas of work and the repair methods I used. The idea is simple; the rods act like a bucket with you standing inside pulling on the handle to lift yourself up.

      CLICK HERE to see JohnG's expansion tank.

      In the last picture, notice the radiator cap pressure is 13 psi. That exerts about 780 pounds of pressure on the seams. I pressure tested this tank @ 19 psi with no leaks. This kind of system pressure is absolutely necessary to keep the boiling point high.

      - Dave
      Most interesting and informative. I forgot to comment on it earlier.

      I used to spend a lot of time at a LINC forum and did not know there was a problem with the early expansion tanks.

      Was this just an FE problem or MEL also?

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      • #78
        I don't know about the Lincolns or Mercurys. If Ford used the same parts on them, they must experience the same history.

        It seems that these expansion tanks are notorious for leaking. Many of our members bought 'spare' tanks on eBay when they come up. To me, that failure rate is far too high. These brass tanks are easy to repair compared to modern aluminum construction.
        My latest project:
        CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

        "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
        --Lee Iacocca

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        • #79
          I should have said 59/60 430 JBIRD...

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          • #80
            ok i admit i didnt read this whole thread but i am currently cleaning up my engine for a repaint and while im at it im changing the timing chainand gears so... i have my water pump off and it would probably be agreat idea to replace it since i dont know how long its been since its actually ran

            ive been looking for a replacement water pump i see macs has a "new" one for about 130 my local advance auto cant get one

            ive compared my 60s 352 pump with one from a later f/e they are different main thing is the length of the shaft

            has any one here found a rebuilt one from someplace else?for a little less money or is there another alturnative?
            60 hardtop royal burgundy/ colonial white top
            60 hardtop colonial white/red leather
            60 convertable PARTS CAR will trade convert parts for hardtop parts

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            • #81
              Water pump exchange

              Keith, go down to the Advertisements Forum, and check the various Tbird parts houses. You might find a cheaper price.

              Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
              '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
              "It's Hip To Be Square"
              Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

              Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

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              • #82
                ROCKAUTO.COM
                1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD 5.8L 352cid V8 :
                Cooling System : Water Pump Price $62.79

                A-1 CARDONE Part # 58201 Reman. Includes Gasket - Return and Rebuild Service Only - You send your part to be rebuilt and returned to you. We'll email shipping instructions after you submit your order.

                Originally posted by RockAuto
                5% Discount Code: 9C8D7FE146EA
                Expires: 8/14/2013

                Please enter this code in the ‘How Did You Hear about Us’ box to receive discount. Please enter ONLY the discount code, no other words or numbers. Please note that orders using discount codes must be placed online and the discount code must be entered before an order is submitted to receive the discount. Phone orders are not eligible for discounts...
                If you don't like that, Advance Auto Parts has a reman Part No. 58-201 for $54.00 + $5 core charge. NAPA probably has them as well, in your neighborhood. - Dave
                My latest project:
                CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

                "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
                --Lee Iacocca

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post

                  ROCKAUTO.COM

                  1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD 5.8L 352cid V8 :
                  Cooling System : Water Pump Price $62.79

                  A-1 CARDONE Part # 58201 Reman. Includes Gasket - Return and Rebuild Service Only - You send your part to be rebuilt and returned to you. We'll email shipping instructions after you submit your order.

                  - Dave
                  This is the way to go IMO. You retain the original casting.

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                  • #84
                    i checked at advance they had a listing but they couldnt get one

                    ill check some of the other parts stores around here

                    the rock auto price sounds good but i dont want to wait months to get mine back thats rediculous id like to have this bird running memmorial day weekend
                    60 hardtop royal burgundy/ colonial white top
                    60 hardtop colonial white/red leather
                    60 convertable PARTS CAR will trade convert parts for hardtop parts

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                    • #85
                      Try NAPA. It's a little more expensive than Rock Auto but they usually have them in the warehouse.

                      John
                      John Pizzi - Squarebirds Administrator

                      Thunderbird Registry #36223
                      jopizz@verizon.net 856-779-9695

                      http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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                      • #86
                        Dave, I am looking at the RockAuto web page for the water pump. All I find is that I get a remanufactured pump from them, nothing about rebuilding mine. (58-201)

                        They only have a $3.60 core charge indicating they don't really need one very much. As it would cost me more than $3.60 to mail them mine, not worth the bother.

                        The rest of the information is most encouraging . . .but for the person who wants to re-use the original casting, this is in question.
                        1958 Hardtop
                        #8452 TBird Registry
                        http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


                        photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
                        history:
                        http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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                        • #87
                          John, that is correct. Now, add one to your cart and a 'NOTIFICATION' window pops up...

                          "Notification
                          A-1 CARDONE Part #58201 is available only through the manufacturer's Return & Rebuild service. Please see the note in the cart."

                          So by looking at their listing, it appears they have a pump on hand. Upon further investigation, they only collect your money then they direct you to ship to A1 Cardone.

                          When I searched for FE water pumps, I was really going for the rebuild kits so I could rebuild my own. Nope. There were posts all over the net from all the FE groups about how, not only are they unavailable but some pumps have different size castings for the bearings. That means you may get the wrong parts unless you rebuild a lot of pumps. It was far easier to find Y-block pumps and kits than for FE's. - Dave
                          My latest project:
                          CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

                          "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
                          --Lee Iacocca

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                          • #88
                            Ah! Thanks!

                            john
                            1958 Hardtop
                            #8452 TBird Registry
                            http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


                            photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
                            history:
                            http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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                            • #89
                              ...which further adds confusion and begs another question:

                              Why on earth would there be any core charge if they are rebuilding MY pump?
                              My latest project:
                              CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

                              "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
                              --Lee Iacocca

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                              • #90
                                There is usually a 352 water pump kit on ebay, both with and without the impeller. I've also got kits but no impeller.
                                Carl

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