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Cooling system overhaul guidance
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One of my first projects this spring is to remove the front end clip from my '39 Six and do a major cooling system overhaul. I have a radiator specialist lined up to recore the rad and, while I have it apart, want to do a proper flush. I will also replace the water pump. I do have a couple of questions...
1) I see these new, aftermarket waterpumps out there - are the any good?? I presume they're made in China. Or would I be better off sending my pump to somebody like the Flying Dutchman (I think that's the name) and have it rebuilt?

Also, in taking out the infamous Packard water jacket sleeve, is there anything special I need to know or do there??

And lastly, I was thinking of knocking out the frost plugs and flushing the water jackets around the cylinders. Am I opening a can of worms here? Are the replacement plugs easy to come by and is there issue or special procedure to remove/reinstall??

In addition to all new hoses and a new thermostat, are there any other areas I need to check or tend to??

Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2018/2/19 19:23
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
1939 Packard Six, Model 1700
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Re: Cooling system overhaul guidance
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I would start by taking a look at this thread. It has a lot of useful info:

https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=16042&forum=4&post_id=160961#forumpost160961

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James From
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As for the new production pumps. We have sold them for a number of years with no issues selling 30 or more a year.

Posted on: 2018/2/20 11:11
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Re: Cooling system overhaul guidance
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Thanks 'J' from Kanters. That is a good article/thread on overheating. I'll follow the sequence and try and address all topics when I get everything apart. I will call your Packard department for a price on the aftermarket pumps. Appreciate you taking the time. Regards, Chris.

Posted on: 2018/2/20 21:13
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
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