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Topic: Early and Late model water pumps
From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
Registered: Aug 2001
posted 08-06-2002 11:02 AM
If I've got a '87 late model 302 with the water pump inlet on the drivers side could I simply replace the water pump with an earlier model water pump with the inlet on the passenger side? Do I have to replace the timing cover to a early model as well?
Or does anyone make a radiator hose that route from the drivers side inlet to the passenger side radiator outlet?
I'd rather replace the water pump than buy a completely new radiator.
Thanks in advance.
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
Registered: Mar 2002
posted 08-06-2002 11:34 AM
I think the 87 has the reverse flow water pump due to the serpentine belt system. To use the earlier type wp I'm quite sure you will need to use the earlier cover. Also, you wont be able to use the serpentine belt system with the early wp (would turn the wp the wrong way).
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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99
posted 08-06-2002 11:35 AM
You can replace the water pump. There are several different lengths in the 80-83 applications so you need to match one up.
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From: Ft. Lauderdale
Registered: Jun 2001
posted 08-06-2002 11:18 PM
I've been told for years that the Crown Vic pump goes in the right direction and has the outlet on the pass side.
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