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firedome

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« on: October 07, 2009, 02:58:03 PM »

Noticed the coolant level in the rad was low - no recovery tank in '71
- so filled it up. Took about a  gallon an a half. Every day there
is a small puddle on the garage floor, just an ounce or too, located
way the hell back almost under the tranny... being I don't have a lift
to observe what's really going on, and also given that I'm WAY too FAT
to get that far under it to actually get a bead on the side of the
block and freeze plugs etc, what might be going on here? I need to put
in a new gas tank before I can actually start it and put the system
under pressure and temperature.   

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 03:12:28 PM »

Freeze plugs or Intake gasket.  Look along between the bell and the engine on top and see if there is a stain.  If not. . . Better get a tall jackPOLARACO2009-10-07 20:13:42
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 03:14:45 PM »

There are two freeze plugs at the back of the block facing the trans.
<Sigh> that means trans will have to come out in order to replace them GGrr.
 
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 03:57:51 AM »


I was afraid of that...one more stumbling block to gettin' her on the road, dagnabbit.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 06:13:38 AM »

Lea is right, but it's usually 20:1.   The gunk doesn't lay as deep on the rears and rot them as easily
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 03:16:23 PM »

Looked carerfully - nothing stain-wise or visible leaks on top of the
bell... so it looks like it is the rear freeze plugs Lea mentioned...
same small puddle today.  Kinda takes the wind out of my sails, as
I'm not much at pulling trannies and such, being just a shade tree
hacker.. she'll  have to wait now.  :-((  Least I can
still work on rust proofing floors etc...

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 03:46:58 PM »

If you want to borrow my hoist, you can yank the whole show out and spruce everything up.  Split them on the floor.  Good way of cleaning and painting the engine and scrubbing and detailing the engine compartment.
 
No. . I am not delivering that.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2009, 03:47:34 PM »

But I guess I could come up and help you pull it. . .  For a price.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2009, 03:58:29 PM »

Firedome,Polaraco charges a decent price that includes a clean warm bed,fresh coffee in the morning (2 cups before he even speaks),Marlboro smokes,quivering cow for a meal,and a good brandy for a nightcap.
Excellent value and his advice is priceless.
 He may be on your turf-but he is the boss!! LOL
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009, 03:58:47 PM »


Actually I have a hoist, thanks anyway Steve. Got it to pull the 374 V8
out of my '56 Packard before it went to the boneyard... but, I don't
know from pulling trannies... so how about Unlimited Chinese Buffet,
Unlimited Really Cheap Beer, an excellent bed (brand new double),
unparalleled comraderie (buffoonery), and worthless free medical
advice??  well, maybe not too worthless...

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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2009, 04:17:08 PM »

I suppose I can sneak up there near the end of November. . .
 
I'll show you how to split the tranny out of the car.  I'll bring some tools too.  I work better with my stuff.  I can bring the hot wrenches too.  I'll get that sucker outa there.
 
That will give you time to start pulling it apart.  We'll change all of them and you can flush that crap out of the block.  It ought to be good and deep in there if the rears rotted out.
 
Take the inspection plate off the front of the trans and be sure it's coming out of the bell.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2009, 04:32:49 PM »

Still got that 56 Packard V8? Wanna sell it? Just askin for a customer of mine with a Carribean (Steve's delivery would be covered as well...) Lemme know!

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2009, 04:45:08 PM »

Hey wait a minute!  Sheeesh
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2009, 04:52:00 PM »


That'd be amazing Steve!  I have a comfy, heated, 5 hp compressor,
all the tools, well equipped garage (see the avatar) , and can show
ya'll a good time fer sure! Lea's only 2 1/2 hrs, maybe we could stage
a real NY Moparfins Happening! I have 2 spare BRs! An I'm ALL about coffee... and Beer!



No Bob, but I do know where there's 4 '55/56s sitting in a yard in
Vermont, one including a rare 3 spd tranny that I had my eye
on...  I can give you the low down if you want... he also has a
really nice solid unrestored 400 hdtp 30k mi in the barn, and a low mi
Patrician I tried to pry loose from him. Quite a character, a classic
real old timey VTer.
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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2009, 05:01:15 PM »

I sure as hell won't sleep with Leaburn. . .   He snores!
 
That's cool. . . .  I won't need as much.  You have a hot wrench?  It's easier than trying to get the Y-Pipe bolts off.
 
There's really nothing to it.  If you are just going to pressure wash the engine while' it's out, we can slap it back in the next morning.
 
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