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hmm the light switch is not as rare as the ignition switch, even Del has struggled to find one for his convertible 64.

dave has one and its new old stock. at $245 bucks au... and its not the same as any other model

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Does it have to be a dead set original? There are plenty of aftermarket ones available. Remember my trunk lock 'journey?' 1965 GP trunk lock is unique to that year and I saw ONE secondhander on eBay for US$300! I got a locksmith to insert a new generic GM lock barrel into the GP housing - for $30. 

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Yeah the trick with my ignition is the length of the thread through the dash and it has a light in there too 

I justA bought it !! They are soooo rare I justA could not think about it too long 

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i know both Del and wrong way would certInly do with this switch too ! 

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Water Pump 101: I read that clearance between the standard water pump impeller and the dividing plate needs to be minimal (like, a few mm) in order for the pump to do it's thing with any sort of efficiency. As you may remember, when I tore down the engine it's thermostat was missing and the water pump was crudded up with what I can only assume was a stop leak product. Combined with blocked coolant passages in the engine block, I'd say it all got too much for it's final US owner and was given up on until fate delivered it into my hands. See pics for huge clearance between impeller blades and divider! The FlowKooler I ordered may need the same minimal clearance but I'm not sure yet.

The solution is to gently hammer the divider closer to the impeller. I said GENTLY!

 

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yip i agree mate, it will flow way more water if that clearance is minimal , but that one you have is toast!!!

whats your radiator like ???

 it may do with a top and bottom tank removal and clean the cores out, at a minimum .

 i had Morris the Taupo radiator man build me a new radiator using justA my old tank top and bottom.

that was 1300 bucks, but at least i KNOW its good

24 minutes ago, Fitzy said:

The FlowKooler I ordered may need the same minimal clearance but I'm not sure yet.

post us a pic of what your getting mate 

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Holy shit - $1300 for a radiator! I'm going to take mine to a couple of specialists and see what they say AND I'm going to call Aussie Desert Coolers. It might actually be cheaper to buy an aftermarket one, built to my required dimensions. Mine looks intact and doesn't appear to have ever leaked, but if it's internals are anything like my poor water pump, I'm getting it looked at.

Here's the FlowKooler...

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2 hours ago, Fitzy said:

Holy shit - $1300 for a radiator! I'm going to take mine to a couple of specialists and see what they say AND I'm going to call Aussie Desert Coolers. It might actually be cheaper to buy an aftermarket one, built to my required dimensions. Mine looks intact and doesn't appear to have ever leaked, but if it's internals are anything like my poor water pump, I'm getting it looked at.

Here's the FlowKooler...

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nice but where is the cover on the back of the impeller ? do you have to use your old one ???

surely not ?

2 hours ago, Fitzy said:

Holy shit - $1300 for a radiator! I'm going to take mine to a couple of specialists and see what they say AND I'm going to call Aussie Desert Coolers. It might actually be cheaper to buy an aftermarket one, built to my required dimensions. Mine looks intact and doesn't appear to have ever leaked, but if it's internals are anything like my poor water pump, I'm getting it looked at.

yeah mate, i wanted to stay stock as i could. most of the cost was the core...

 i have seen a desert cooler before,,, they are pretty dam good... 

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I dunno. Will it? Surely if it's made properly and filled with correct fresh coolant, it will last.

This is also all new territory for me. I have never had to replace a radiator.

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