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18-FEVR 12-23-2004 08:41 AM

Drain coolant from radiator
 
I have a coolant leak at the water neck where it bolts to the intake on my Nova.
I need to replace the gasket.

Has a griffin aliminum 4 core radiator.
Can't seem to find the drain valve at the bottom of the radiator in order to drain the coolant.

Any help locating this valve would be appreciated.

Thank's

johnsongrass1 12-23-2004 08:49 AM

Why not pull the lower hose?

18-FEVR 12-23-2004 09:23 AM

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Originally posted by johnsongrass1
Why not pull the lower hose?


That was going to be my last resort.

But if the radiator does have a drain valve
I would like to go that way.

I know with my luck I yank the bottom hose
and I have created another leak when I go
to clamp the hose back on.

I don't know if that radiator came with a drain
valve or not. Maybe I am looking for something that isn't there.

AngliaBob 12-23-2004 06:55 PM

18-FEVR,
I have Ron Davis radiator, and it came without a petcock. It didn't take long to get tired of yanking the lower hose off to drain it. So, I bought an aluminum bung, had it welded in, and installed a petcock. It must be something peculiar to high performance aluminum radiators. Maybe you have to specify wanting a petcock,
so they can charge you $75 more.
AngliaBob

batman09 12-23-2004 07:00 PM

Yep you gotta pull the hose.don't pull the hose all the way off at first.Pull it enough so liquid drains slowly.If you pull it all the way off you're gonna get coolant everywhere.What year nova do you have?got any pics?I love novas!!!BM

packratwrecker 12-23-2004 08:42 PM

Or, get a long piece of vinyl tubing, and siphon it out, through the cap hole, until it's lower that the stat housing. Less chance of building in an air lock.

18-FEVR 12-24-2004 07:57 AM

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Yep you gotta pull the hose.don't pull the hose all the way off at first.Pull it enough so liquid drains slowly.If you pull it all the way off you're gonna get coolant everywhere.What year nova do you have?got any pics?I love novas!!!BM

I was afraid I was going to have pull the bottom hose. Oh well. That's the pride of ownership.

Here's some pictures of my 72 Nova SS

18-FEVR 12-24-2004 08:12 AM

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I was afraid I was going to have pull the bottom hose. Oh well. That's the pride of ownership.

Here's some pictures of my 72 Nova SS







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picture per post. Here's some more.

18-FEVR 12-24-2004 08:17 AM

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18-FEVR 12-24-2004 08:23 AM

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jeeptuff 12-24-2004 03:52 PM

Washington plates, are you in Wa. or KC???

cahillnnc 12-24-2004 08:14 PM

nice pics

Nightfire 12-24-2004 11:18 PM

Got those rallyes tucked in nice and tight in the rear:thumbup: looking good!








Mike


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