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  • Freeze plugs, how do I remove & replace

    The freeze plugs are leaking in my '63 259. How do I properly remove and replace them? I have been looking in the shop manual and can't seem to locate the instructions for this process.[:I]
    Thanks in advance...

    Lotsa Larks!
    Studeclunker
    A.K.A: out2lunch

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    quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

    The freeze plugs are leaking in my '63 259. How do I properly remove and replace them? I have been looking in the shop manual and can't seem to locate the instructions for this process.[:I]
    Thanks in advance...

    Lotsa Larks!
    Studeclunker
    A.K.A: out2lunch
    Ya want the good news or bad news first? [] The good news, they're easy to get out. Use a strong, sharp, pointed tool, (I use a pinch bar that I have sharpened to a point), pop that through the freeze plug and push the tool towards the block, (a "pinching" type movement). They will pop right out.

    The bad news, they pop right out IF you can get to them. No doubt, they're easier to get out and replace if the pipes are out of the way and anything else that prohibits access. Next, remove the pipe plugs that are at the rear of the block, both sides. Get yourself a strong piece of wire, (coat hangar works fine), make a small hook in it and I even sharpen the free end of the hook. Clean out the block, as completely as you can, using the wire to break up the crud that you're gonna find, (I took 8 pounds out of one!).

    Next, after the block is as clean as you can get it, motor on down to the local auto parts store with one of the old freeze plugs, (or measure the hole), and get 6 rubber, (with a washer and nut in the center of the outside), replacement freeze plugs. Next, pop those in, tighten the nut pretty tight, then replace all the stuff that you had to take off to get to the freeze plugs.

    Like I was saying, nothing to changing the plugs themselves, it's the extraneous crap that's involved that causes the real pain. Good Luck!


    Sonny
    http://RacingStudebakers.com
    Sonny
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    • #3
      Rubber???? Excuse me, did you say rubber plugs?[:0] Sonny, my experiance with anything composed of rubber is that it is a very temporary item.[B)] Then again, the trouble to press in the old type of plugs would be considerable. It's nice to know that there is an easier way. I probably won't have this car for another forty years anyway. I mean, after all, that would make me... Um.[:I]
      never mind.



      Lotsa Larks!
      Studeclunker
      A.K.A: out2lunch
      Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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      • #4
        OOOPS!! I forgot. Thanks Sonny!!

        Lotsa Larks!
        Studeclunker
        A.K.A: out2lunch
        Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
        K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
        Ron Smith
        Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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        • #5
          i've seen the rubber ones last for years. But if you don't like rubber,you can also buy brass ones with a nut in the center that tighten the same way[they 'grow' as you tighten the nut] Some good gasket sealer around them is a good idea with either type.

          not golden hawk,not silver hawk,just hawk.
          Oglesby,Il.

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          • #6
            Actualy, I think they're copper - not brass. But yeah, that's what I've started using. $2bucks apiece but one HELL of alot easier to install than the original type when the engine's in the vehicle![:0] I've used the rubber ones without a problem as well.

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            • #7
              Well there we go... Endorsed by the Biggs! Sounds good to me.

              Lotsa Larks!
              Studeclunker
              A.K.A: out2lunch
              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

                OOOPS!! I forgot. Thanks Sonny!!

                Lotsa Larks!
                Studeclunker
                A.K.A: out2lunch
                <LMAO> You're VERY welcome, ANY time!

                Sonny
                http://RacingStudebakers.com
                Sonny
                http://RacingStudebakers.com

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