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Old 07-11-2008, 12:54 PM
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Exclamation 430cid Woes...

Well as the title states I have a small problem with my '60 430cid re-detail. I now have a small coolant leak on the right side of my block/head area. We had the car running so great (in the garage), then we noticed a small puddle under the right lower A-arm last night before the test drive. It only appears to leak coolant after the engine has ran enough to build up coolant pressure (duh).

The highest place up, from laying on the ground with a flashlight, I can see the coolant leak from is the LOWER exhaust manifold to head bolt, the 2nd bolt from the FRONT of the motor- passenger side.

We have a family wedding in Waco,TX this weekend so I'm taking a break form the 'ol 1960 Bird, and I have to work next Saturday as well. All I know is this coolant leak really blind-sided me guys. I really had hoped to make it to a big car cruise on Aug.8-9th in my Bird. I just don't want to have to pull the motor again. My father thinks it is a cracked head, but I don't see how. All we did was take the heads, exhaust manifolds, intake manifold, and oil pan off. Repainted EVERYTHING and installed new Fel-Pro blue gaskets (in my opinion the BEST out there).

Oh well, sorry for the long thread. I guess I just wanted to vent. I'll try and post some pics of where I can see the leak when I have time to work on her again....

-Jon R.

The 1960 Ford Thunderbird. The WORLD'S most wanted car....

VTCI Member#6287.

Last edited by tbird430 : 07-11-2008 at 12:57 PM.
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