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Old 04-27-2015, 08:44 PM   #1
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Coolant accumulates at the base of my distributor after each time I run it. It is not a major leak but it did leak enough to form a small puddle on the floor after sitting for 6 months. The engine was recently rebuilt with all gaskets replaced. Not sure what I need to do to fix?


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I'd clean everything up and let it idle and get up to temp, then see where it's seeping from. Could be coming from your temp sensor, thermostat housing or heater connection - pretty much any of the threaded spots on the front/top of the intake. With a little luck, some Teflon tape or gasket (if it's the tstat housing) will fix it.
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Thanks I am getting out of storage this week. I will try that.


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Take a couple of clear photos of the front of the intake manifold and post them. It shouldn't be too difficult to spot the source of the leak.
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I had the same issue with my 289, turns out that my water pump was after market and the gaskets did not fit it properly
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Just had it up on a hoist looks like it is the water pump gasket. Click image for larger version

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Be sure before you pull stuff off. It sucks replacing stuff that doesn't need it!
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