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Coupla things George... First off... my bad water pump caused me...

September 13 2008 at 5:07 PM

 


Response to water pump leaking?

... to put my X on a shelf for 7 years...

Then I found the access panel that was always there... after owning the car for 15 years!

If you have a '78 or earlier... then MAKE an access panel from the rear trunk into the engine bay.  Use a 1500 panel from a wrecked car or design your own.  Greg SIlver posted his attempt in the Best Of section.  I would run the full length of the car... but his was effective for him.

If you think its too much trouble... YOU ARE WRONG.  Its less trouble than not having one and will take less time overall.  It also will be a lifesaver for many future issues.

Secondly, I found that usually all pumps designed for an X will generally work, but may not have the correct pulley.  I was able to press off the old and reuse it on the new one using a friend's press.  I'm sure a shop will do this for ya for a few bucks if not for free.

So don't let the "wrong" pulley keep you from a good deal if you find it.

Lastly... and maybe this shoulda come first... get a pressure tester and find out for sure where the problem is while everything is COOL.  This is where the access panel is good to have just for diagnosis also.  Auto Zone and Pep Boys usually loan them...

Let us know what ya find... and good luck!



My best,



Tony
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!


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