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Offline Dragonknee

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Radiator replacement and must do things
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:10:03 pm »
I recently acquired my old Connie (2003) from its previous owner. Being the catch it before it happens, I decided to rip in and adjust the valves and put a set of Sisf carbs on bought from a another cogger on here... Well I noticed that the radiator looks to be beat up a bit on the front from rocks and such and whatever else hit it... I decide that I would also do the radiator...Thinking to myself that it will be easy peasy......Now looking at posts that go from replace everything to just do the swap... I bought Murphs hose kit and now looking at the seals and such that don't come with the kit... If you buy all the seals and a new thermostat its 100 bucks plus. The main reason I'm asking is that I had to move the coolant rail next to the valve cover to get the valve cover off and coolant came out of the head. I put the rail back in and got to thinking I should replace all the seals as I do the hoses..... Damn its like rebuilding the whole system.... What is the opinion of all that have done this before... Thanks :-\

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Re: Radiator replacement and must do things
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2019, 04:22:19 pm »
The only thing worse than doing something unpleasant is having to do it twice.
Since you’re replacing the radiator you’re more than halfway to accessing the
front coolant log. Go ahead and finish the job.
And since you’re already adept at R&R the carbs do the rear while you’re at it.
Include the thermostat o-ring.
You won’t be sorry.
Additional word of advice: take care inserting logs with the new o-rings.
The have a tendency to roll out of position.

Offline DC Concours

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Re: Radiator replacement and must do things
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2019, 05:01:59 pm »
Why did you have to move the rails for the valve cover. It is not needed.