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Hi, my neighbor has a 41 V-12 and is having cooling problems. He bought kits to re-build the water pumps but he does not know how to do it. Does he need to send them off to a specialist for the rebuild or can someone local rebuild them without specialized knowledge. Do you need a press etc to get the job done. I don't know where the kits came from or have any other info, I am just trying to help him get this car going so he can enjoy it this summer. thanks, Dave

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Suspect the water pumps are not the root cause of the over heating. They can be rebuilt but you need a press and be able to remove the cast iron pulleys which are "pinned". Suggest you contact Skip Haney at the "Ford Collector". He reuilds these pumps and uses a new design impeller which really improves flow.

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The latest and greatest pumps are rebuilt with new design parts...sent away to fla to a guy named skip

google it..

The pumps are an issue if they leak or spew stuff, if it runs hot, it is, dirty system, rust and calcium, stuck t stats..

blown / leaky head gasket...cracked block... ignition timing ..loose fan belt..fins obstructed on radiator, fan blade loose on hub...

give us some more clues..

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thanks for your replies, as far as I know it just runs hot. He just assumed water pumps, I will check into it a little more. Are the thermostats in the radiator hose? Thermostat is the first place I would look. I don't think the pumps in there now leak, he just assumed--thanks

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Yes, the thermostats are in the upper hoses. Easy enough to remove them and see how the cooling is affected. If you check them in a pan of hot water they should start to open at 155 deg's and be fully open at 170 deg's.

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HI, I finally got over to look at this car. The temp gauge on the dash is all over the place, moves around but finally does go over to the hot side. Car does not boil, I put a thermometer in the neck of the radiator and let it idle on a hot day, it never gets about 160 or so, when shut off it moves up but then a re-start brings it back down. I told him I think it is the gauge or the sender, what do you guys think? No leaks from the pumps, the only indication of overheating is the gauge. Looks like the sender is easy to replace, are they available locally? thanks for your replies.

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The problem could be as simple as a loose wire from the sender to the gauge. I would check all connections before buying a new sender including ones to the other gauges.

You should also check that there is NO Teflon tape used on the senders as they need a good ground.

Narraganset Reproductions may have new senders.

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