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stripped coolant drain

Postby Joshua Mitchell » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:27 pm

I am having a bear of time with the drain for the coolant in front housing. the previous owner apparently siliconed the plug in because there are no threads. i have broken 3 bits trying to drill for tapping. does anyone have a solution for this. its supposed to be 5/8" 11 bolt and i am trying to tap to 3/4" 10. 21/32 drill bits are expensive and i was thinking of maybe welding a nut to the inside.

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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby CSA_CUB » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:41 pm

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT USING JB WELD? YOU COULD DO A SIMALAR REPAIR AS IN THIS CARB REPAIR POST FOR REPAIRING THE INLET THREADS. viewtopic.php?f=139&t=100192&p=791631&hilit=threads#p791631
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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby tst » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:45 pm

the correct thread size is 3/8" NPT

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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby Joshua Mitchell » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:37 pm

it had a 5/8" 11 bolt and i am assuming it was drilled previously. i would just like to get it solid so no problems with the restoration and be as close as possible to original.

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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby Joshua Mitchell » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:40 pm

i like the thread repair idea with JB Weld. never thought of that. i wonder if it will work with pressure of the coolant system though.

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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby Dale Finch » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:02 pm

I have used this to repair threads... it's easy and quick. There shouldn't be any pressure on the system (later Cubs did have low pressure cap), so I think this would work.
https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NCB28654
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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby CSA_CUB » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:31 pm

I THOUGHT OF SOMETHING ELSE BOTH JB WELD AND LOCTITE MAKE A STEEL PUDDY/STICK THAT CAN BE DRILLED AND TAPPED. JUST RECOMMEND EVERYHTING BE VERY CLEAN (SANDBLASTED OR WIRE BRUSHED). IF THE RAD IS OFF, TAPE OFF THE HOLE AND FILL IT FULL FROM THE RESEVIOUR SIDE. LET IT CURE, DRILL AND TAP.
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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby Nelson 634 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:44 pm

Just a little information about drilling cast metals. Cast metals have hard spots in them. You'll be drilling along and boom, very fine metal particles where seconds before they where clean shavings. It's very hard to get off the drill pressure or speed quick enough. Have extra bits and all ways use cutting fluid or cutting oil. Start with small bits and work your way up. Be ready to get off the drill. Also be ready to slow down drill speed. The only thing harder to drill is stainless steel. That's another story.
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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby Clemsonfor » Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:55 pm

PAPAs Farmall Family wrote:I am having a bear of time with the drain for the coolant in front housing. the previous owner apparently siliconed the plug in because there are no threads. i have broken 3 bits trying to drill for tapping. does anyone have a solution for this. its supposed to be 5/8" 11 bolt and i am trying to tap to 3/4" 10. 21/32 drill bits are expensive and i was thinking of maybe welding a nut to the inside.

Thoughts?

I am about 99% sure it should be 3/8 NPT and have a 3/8 pipe plug.

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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby tst » Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:19 pm

yes, early post state that it is a 3/8 NPT, it is NOT a 5/8 11 bolt hole can be helicoiled

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Re: stripped coolant drain

Postby Joshua Mitchell » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:55 am

you guys are correct, it is 3/8 npt. I was able to chase the threads with tap and it works great now. thanks for the help and I will remember the jb weld idea for future issues


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