[V8] upper radiator hose

Buchholz, Steven Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com
Tue Jul 27 20:23:00 EDT 2004

... I hear you Dave ... I had an almost brand new unit fail in that same
location on #344.  I thought that perhaps I had brought on the failure when
I muscled the hose around for some reason ... serp belt job perhaps?

I still had the unit that failed with a leak in the molded section ... so I
decided to try to carefully disassemble.  What I found is that under that
nicely molded material there is a plastic "T" section and the hose sections
are held in place with crimped clamps.  What I was planning to do when I had
the need was to fashion a new "T" section with the appropriate ID's on all
the attachment points to allow individual hoses from a FLAPS to be used.
Has anyone else done anything along these lines?  If someone is looking to
do this I can take measurements and pictures of the molding free hose ... 

Steve B
San Jose, CA (USA)
> I'll shortly be ordering 'another' hose from Bruce.
> 1st one - Son's 80K 91 V8q - babied and garaged all its life
> 2nd one - 92 V8q, 190+K miles
> 3rd one - 90 V8q, tornado red - owned since 75K
> All failed at exactly the same place - 1.5" back from the 
> passenger side 
> head connection, cracked internally, then burst.
> I highly recommend you consider replacement, so you don't blow one on 
> the turnpike and have to limp it 12 miles at 115C to the nearest gas 
> station...

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