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Old 02-03-2006, 02:48 PM
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Default RE: We're not alone!! - overflow tanks

i am confused.. i have used these cars as dailey drivers since 1975.i hane a 60 bird and a 59 ranchwagon never a leek between the two..knock on wood... in 1976 my 64 merc tank had a leek that i repaired with a torch and a brass rod.. my brother owns it now
but it has not leeked in 30 years
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Old 02-03-2006, 03:27 PM
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ount yourself very fortunate yoakum....

I have a stockpile of leaky tanks that attest to them being a pain in the *ss.

Finally got my 2nd repro tank to stop leaking though.
I took it to a very good radiator shop that disassembled the entire thing. They soldered both sides of the seam and guaranteed it not to leak - so far it hasn't but it's only been a couple of months.

They showed me the tank when it was apart and how crappy it was built. I mean the manufacturer used the absolute minimum solder to hold the thing together. This explains why they leak from a different place each time you try to fix it.

My '64 had an expansion tank that NEVER leaked - it was original equipment.

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Old 02-03-2006, 09:27 PM
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Yeah GM has gone back to em too. And we're sellin the heck out of em. When will they learn ??!!

In all fairness though . . . Over the years, I think we've only had the one on the 60 repaired a couple of times. It had a pinhole leak (I thought) at the time we put the new eng in, so I updated to the later ribbed design. But the orig one passed the pres/test.

One thing that helps, is running a lower pressure cap. I have the Stant cap on there with the Pres release lever. Prob holds 10 or 12 lbs. When it gets hot, it'll spit out (a little) but it's not holding all that pressure. Also I leave the coolant level down a bit. I fill the tank just to where my fingertip gets wet. Then it won't leave a lake under the car when you stop.

These were recommendations that came from my dad's friends at his uncle's Ford dealership (all old time Ford guys)

I just used to get worried watching that gage peg out sitting in traffic. No more with that shroud on there !!!

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Old 02-12-2006, 07:46 PM
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>One thing that helps, is running a lower pressure cap. I
>have the Stant cap on there with the Pres release lever.
>Prob holds 10 or 12 lbs. When it gets hot, it'll spit out (a
>little) but it's not holding all that pressure. Also I leave
>the coolant level down a bit. I fill the tank just to where
>my fingertip gets wet. Then it won't leave a lake under the
>car when you stop.
>
>These were recommendations that came from my dad's friends
>at his uncle's Ford dealership (all old time Ford guys)
>
One of the things folks don't seem to realize is that it's just like a modern day overflow tank. It isn't meant to be filled to the brim.

That's why it's called an "expansion tank" -- To allow for the natural expansion of the coolant when it's hot without (the coolant) blowing a hole in a seam or venting past the cap.
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