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    radiator spigot fix

    After 32 years of ownership '65 3000, '67EType and at least the last ten of trying to stop leak from radiator spigot including lapping the valve seat, and buying a new one that also leaked, a small cork bought at Ace hardware jammed into opening got it down to 2 drops an overnight. So finally decided to launch all-out war with plans to seal with solder, expoxy weld stuff etc, ended up with a stainless steel, fine thread, 1/2" dia, 1/2 inch long bolt from Ace hardware (small Ace store did not have but big store 4 mi up PCH did [tried six others home depot, PEP Boys etc.no luck]), also a plumbing dept washer, whitish plastic-like (used before and works fine). NO DROPS either car, no newspaper on garage floor at front, Jay

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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    So now on to the oil leaks.

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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    Nice fix! Except,...Now how will you know when the radiator is empty?
    Last edited by elrey; 01-03-2018 at 12:39 AM. Reason: One of my pals has soldered his shut, since the original is pretty and most folks just pop the hose off to drain anyhow.
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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    Quote Originally Posted by elrey View Post
    Nice fix except...Now how ya gonna know when the radiators empty?
    Am I missing something here? Please explain.
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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    Humor, you know the old joke about how you can tell when your British car has run out of oil? Answer: When it has stopped leaking. Just having some fun. I am fond of the original radiator petcock's look. The stylish heater valve on the engine is my favorite.
    Last edited by elrey; 01-03-2018 at 12:50 AM. Reason: Mirth, not flippancy.
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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    I get it - we need it to leak so we know when it's empty.
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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    I get it - we need it to leak so we know when it's empty.
    They tried Lucas warning lights on the dash, but those burned out before the radiator emptied.

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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    So Jay, are you saying you replaced the spigot entirely with the bolt?

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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    Quote Originally Posted by GregW View Post
    They tried Lucas warning lights on the dash, but those burned out before the radiator emptied.
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    Re: radiator spigot fix

    Just a heads up, but the threads on the petcock/spigot are British Standard Pipe. To be specific, they are 1/4''-19 BSPP. Anyone looking for a drain plug, in stainless, they are available from British Tool and Fasteners. I have also purchased a similar item in brass from Ebay seller "bsanut".
    ​Both items were very good quality.

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