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Old 11-23-2007, 03:57 PM
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BEWARE!!! If you ever find yourself having to remove the reservoir off your P/S pump be careful removing the large nut from the bottom of the reservoir.I was using a 1/2 inch drive rachet with a deep well socket and when it brook loose I knocked a hole in my radiator.
The rad was in the car when I bought it but looks brand new.
Would anyone reckomend using a stop leak product!!! or just pull it out and have it repaired.
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:09 PM
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George ( Colonel ) WOW that must have been a hell of a smack, to put a hole in the rad. I didn't know that large nut under the P/S pump was under that much load, to punch a hole. My experience with the " stop leak" stuff hasn't been good. Initially it may work but in the long run it may be better to replace as I wouldn't want to be cruising in a remote area and overheat.Why don't you pull it and take it over to the rad shop and they can tell you. Good to see that you still have the TBird.

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Old 11-23-2007, 07:21 PM
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Stop-leak is only for emergencies. It gucks up everything in the cooling system and oozes coolant from the hole when the car is not running.

A radiator shop can tel you if they can patch the leak or you need a re-core.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:06 AM
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Hi Dano the nut was not that tight.I was doing it one handed and when it broke loose the handle of the rachet wacked right on a seam.
The worst part is I worked on her all day Weds,Thurs and Friday to get her ready for the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona and now it just will sit in the driveway till I get the rad fixed Bummer.Have a great weekend George
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Thanks Alex I knew in my heart I would have to pull it.I was just hoping there might be some new miracle cure that I had not heard of.Of well when I get back from the golf course this afternoon I know what I will be doing.
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I remember when I restored a 67 Firebird and wanted to add a transmission-cooler. It was the type that mounted on the front of the radiator...about 8 inches by 12 inches...with heavy-duty zip-ties.

I over-did the tightening up of the zip-ties and tore through one of the cores. It was a mess.

Ohhhhh, was I mad at myself.
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Yeah sometimes it feels like I spend more time fixing things I broke than fixing things there were broke.LOL
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I did that once while pulling a water pump.. smashed a hole right through a perfectly good radiator. Was not a good day.
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George ( Colonel ) by the way you didn't tell us how the golf game went????

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I'll tell ya Dano playing golf in upstate New York at 1500 ft elev was a hole lot more fun than at 10 ft elev in Florida.I could not beleive I could drive a 300 yard par 4 in One!! (then of course 3 putt for a par)
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