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Old 11-18-2012, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today's job was replacement of the water pump and thermostat on my '99 vulcan sable. To most, the water pump would be the harder of the two. Well for me today, it was the water pump that went smoothest. I removed the old rusted one and installed a new one with no problem. I then proceeded to change the thermostat. Two out of the three bolts broke, and i tried to drill and tap them. That didnt go so well, so i'll just replace the entire lower intake which I can get for $17 at a u-pull scrapyard.

I was there a couple of days ago and saw some gen.3 taurus and sables with a vulcan.

Will any gen.3 (96-99) lower intake bolt right on with no hassle? I ask because i just read some threads saying that they were different over the years.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it is a vulcan gen 3 intake you should have no problem IIRC. They should all bolt right up. Take pictures and bring them when you go to pick up the part so you know for sure.
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96-99 intakes will work. Changes in 2000~~

Should flush block and radiator, do heater core too!! Best time to get the junk out before it is in your new pump and thermostat. Make it the best you can for a little more time.
Vulcan blocks like to be clean and flushed. Makes all things in cooling system last longer. Rust is not your friend~~

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Thanks now i know for sure and the scrapyard i am going to definitely has several gen.3 vulcans to salvage from.
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Okay guys i was successful in removing the lower intake from the donor car today at the scrapyard, which from my understanding was a '97. Taking it out was a bigger job than i expected, and putting it in will need twice the patience in order not to damage anything. The fuel injectors being one of them.

Now i noticed that the lower intake gasket itself doesn't seem like it can be removed while the pushrods are in place. Thats the bad news. The good news is that the gasket looked in perfect condition to the point where it looks like replacement isn't necessary. Same goes for the valve cover gaskets. Mind you, the intake gaskets are paper, while the rest of them are rubber.

Do you think I can get away with reusing the old gaskets?
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Wow, that sounds weird about the pushrods. Unless you had to pull the heads, I'd still replace the gasket but that's just me. If you do have to remove the pushrods just use an empty egg carton to take them out and store them in the order they came out; you'll want to replace them exactly where each one came from.
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It also seems a bit weird to me, but thats the only way I can see the gasket being put into place. Unless its possible to slide the gasket behind the pushrods into place
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It also seems a bit weird to me, but thats the only way I can see the gasket being put into place. Unless its possible to slide the gasket behind the pushrods into place
You can, in fact, slide them in behind the pushrods. Just be careful not to crease the gasket.
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