Posts Tagged With: water pump

Awesome… Wait… Oh Bummmmmmmer

Over the weekend, I installed the new modern water pump, thermostat and brand new rubber hoses on the old Flathead engine.  It all went together quick and painlessly.  The new pump uses a sealed bearing which should in theory be lower maintenance in the long run. And the thermostat brings the engine temp to 180 degrees instead of the previous 160(there are I guess pros and cons for each temperature, but the 180 degree one seemed like the one I should get.

I took her for a quick spin around the block and it sure ran nice.

I then got ballsy and gave it a long drive on Sunday night.  I got really far away from my house too, but still didn’t try out the highways.  But then she completely stalled and I decided that I was finally out of gas. 

Spare gallon of gas in the car and it popped right back to life.  I drove it around for another while and stopped at a gas station to refill the back up tank.  Still driving magnificently.  I drove about two blocks away from Lake Nokomis when it started to miss and ran out of power again.  So I decided to call it a night.

The drive back to my house involved a lot of careful acceleration and clever coasting, but I did completely stall the car a couple more times.  Nothing new to me, I’m still not a professional carb rebuilder(as I think the problems lie in my carb.) nor am I all that great at diagnosing issues that are not always there.  Give me a flat tire and I know it needs air, you know what I mean.

I parked her in the garage where it idled like a champ again and shut it off.

After I drive the car I like to give it a once over, look under the car, check the engine compartment, verify that I still have proper fluids, etc.

I opened the oil cap and found it was covered in foamy white sludge.

Dag nabbit.

I assume the head gasket has gone out on me again, but I cannot say at this point for sure.  It could be related to having the water pump off for a day, and engine internals exposed to the elements, maybe some water just snuck in there.  It could be the head gasket again, it could be something that I’m completely unfamiliar with.

More than likely it is the head gasket though, as I peeked into the radiator and found a tiny layer of oil in the radiator as well.  Shoot.

That urge to rebuild the engine from the top down gets stronger each day.

Oh well, I’ll keep you all posted no matter what.


See ya later old parts, you did a great job.

Image – supplier of gorgeous new parts! Out of pure luck I ordered an additional gasket, the pump came with a broken one.



Here’s the new water pump surrounded by a freshly painted pulley and fan. Wrapped in a nice little bow with fresh rubber hoses.


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More Stuff!

The brother Don called me the other day saying “hey guess what?!?”  He has been e-mailing a company just an hour north of here which might have parts for Josephine(is that name official?  I don’t remember).

He’s been saying they might have glass, and other new old stock parts for the trusty old dodge.

Well, where was I… that’s right “hey guess what!?!?! I found a gas tank for you for 200 dollars!”  Frickin right, I said. That’s a significant savings from a tank that I found online, plus the online tank would have to be shipped for an outrageous price.

Well, that got me excited, and not tinkering much recently got me a bit restless.  So tonight I ordered up a new water pump and thermostat.  Yay!  Once it gets to the house, I’ll have to buy some new hoses and refill the system.

And maybe it’s time to scour craigslist for one of those fancy Kerosene heaters again.

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Sure is quiet in here

Well I suppose no news is good news.

I haven’t had much time lately to get out and do anything really pivotal or exciting with the old Dodge. A lot of time has been spent on other far less exciting tasks.

I need a water pump. But I need it about 55% less than I need 99% of the other things in my life so I haven’t ordered one just yet. I did decide to mix some anti freeze into the car finally, as temps are hitting freezing at night and the absolute last thing I want to do is crack a block.

Brother Don stopped by today to look at all the fun parts I have laying around, but he had some Doctor Who to go watch, so he didn’t stay around for long. He did help talk me through one more thing though. My carb is running too lean, so further adjustment is still in order.

Last week I took the Dodge on Hiawatha avenue and brought it up to 45-50mph. This was awesome. The fears I’ve had of stalling for absolutely no explainable reason are disappearing from my mind. Next stop? Highway 62.

This could be the week. The week something new and exciting happens. Stay tuned.


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