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I wanted to have some fine tuning done on my car, verify carb and timing ect... They just called, and told
me that something is wrong with the engine. They went on a little road test and there is water/steam
coming out of the front of the engine. They think the waterpump or something behind it is leaking. I haven't
been there (i'm at work) yet. The guy told me there was steam coming out from under the car when he was driving it back. The shop was highly reccomended! I'll bet he can't tell me what temperture the engine was at, he probably never looked.

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I will never leave my car at a shop unattended ever. Know why? I used to work in one. On time a 440 Challenger came in and stayed for a few days, everyone got to take it for a 'road test'.
Another time in high school, a freind brough in his 67 fastback for some alignment work (to a different shop) and work ed. student ran it into the hoist, crushing the front end.

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Update...The gasket on the back of the waterpump blew out. I'll have to have the car towed home.
They won't take responsibilty for it!

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That's crap man. Post the name of the place so nobody else gets hosed.

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Thats not fair to blame the shop. Things like that happen, just bad timing for them. If it hadnt of happened today it might have happened 500 miles from home.
I dont know of anyway they could of made that gasket blow. One thing it might be is not the water pump gasket but corrosion between the water pump and the timing chain housing, or corrosion between the housing and the block. If that is the case post it and I will tell you of a slick way to fix it without buying a new housing.
 

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Pancho,
After simmering down, I figured the shop is probably not at fault. Everything in the engine compartment
was new, new engine, new pump, heads, radiator, everything. I had about 660 mile on the new setup. I've
just had a bad week! The waterpump is a a melling aluminm unit!

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No, sorry dude, do not agree. Not holding a shop, any shop
accountable, whether it's a car or mixmaster is why we've
got so many rip offs in this country with the geeze it broke
now it'll cost ya extra. Ok, rants over..

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Billgear. It was refreshing to hear in the end, that you weren't someone who MUST always find someone else to blame.
 

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You've got too nice of a car to leave it without watching over it.
Consider yourself lucky this time........................

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I'm scared of shops!! I won't go to one. Thank God I have friends that are racing mechanics, so they help out when I need it!! Good luck with your car!!

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(rebuilding a 351W)

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i got my transmission fixed at a shop one time and now i got it back and the brakes touch the ground! i am not going back there!
 
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I just had my 66 Coupe's engine and drivetrain completely re-built by what is supposedly a good shop in San Diego (They are in every other Mustangs and Fords Magazine).

Anyway, I also elected to have a new exhaust setup put in. My shop decided to have my car towed, in an non-running condition, to the muffler shop so they could work their welding magic.

I aked my shop why the hell they just didn't put the last few parts on my enigne and drive the car over, and they politely made some 'road test' comments. (Like the 440 Charger mentioned earlier)

Now I'm glad I paid the extra few bucks for the tow-truck! I guess there's some truth to that scene in Farris Bullers Day Off!

Check out the car if you guys have time:

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Sorry to hear of the bad news, but I, too, am glad to see that you were able to calm down and not blame the shop. I agree with pancho_villa ... there's no way for the shop to just blow out a water pump gasket. It would have happened to you tommorrow, if it hadn't happened to them today.

That said, I also agree about never leaving your car. I learned that when I left my '68 Cougar once to get a front end alingment at Firestone. Came back that evening to pick it up, only to learn my rear tires where too big to fit on their rack, so they never did the alingment ... hmmm, then I wonder what happened to the half tank of gas that was in it? grrrr

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The shop was very highly recomended, they had a couple of
cars that were worth ten times what mine is. The mechanic is
a older guy, I really think it was just bad timing. Were can I get a gasket for the rear of my melling waterpump.

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Look at it like this.
A 'road test' that you didn't see, blew a gasket in your classic car.
I got an idea on EXACTLY the kind of road test it was too.
I had a guy try a 'road test' on mine. and the dumb idjit tried to gun my car. he then said it didn't sound right. Well DUH you idiot, it's an Inline 6 not a v-8. he then proceeded to break the raise door handle py PULLING on it. I raised 3 forms of heck with the owner of the shop. an old family friend, he replaced the door handle, gave me a tune up and didn't lket that guy 'road test' anymore.

point is. I'd raise a stink. I'd bet you money your classic was gunned, floored and spun out...and now is dripping because of it.
Rant over.

1968 Coupe, 6cyl Std, Bench Seat. Driven through 10 years of College.
 
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