Old water pump- save or keep?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by buick64203, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Old big block "short" pump. Took it off the Aquamist car. GM pump dated 1978. Its got play in the bearing. I saved it thinking I was going to send it out. Getting tired of tripping over it. Do I save it? chuck it? Do you think anyone would want it?

    What do you guys usually do with old pumps?
  2. Ryans-GSX

    Ryans-GSX Have fun, life is short.

    trash it
  3. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    I know one of the best rebuilders just moved to I think Holden or Worcester MA. Olds pumps bring big $, Buick pumps...meh! You could leave it on your front steps or put it under your pillow and see if you get lucky with the pump fairy.
  4. Lee Bacon

    Lee Bacon Well-Known Member

    Jason I only kept stuff for a reference to compare it to new parts. Then after a good while I got tired of moving it or tripping on it too. Junk it.
  5. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Need directions to BANNED camp

    Ya cant beat a brand new TRW pump for 50.00... ws
  6. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    Core charge...lol
  7. JoeBlog

    JoeBlog Platinum Level Contributor

  8. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    OR, send it to the Flying Dutchman to have it rebuilt BETTER than new.
  9. FJM568

    FJM568 Well-Known Member

    I've heard that the earlier(GM) impellers worked better than the aftermarket pumps. Something about them being a 6 vane impeller and the aftermarket was 5 vane, or something.

    Just for curiosity, how about posting a pic of the impeller before you dispose of it. Just to document it for future reference.
  10. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Throw it out. There will never be a scenario in this lifetime where it will be hard to source. new, used or rebuilt.
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  11. rex362

    rex362 paint clear and drive

    With your wheel'n -deal'n luck I would check the bearings to make sure they are not 24 karat gold ,that might explain
    the bearing play ......before ya toss it

  12. 71stagegs

    71stagegs bpg member #1417

    Jason my friend in Kings Park by the train station rebuilds them with oem parts
  13. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Are you talking about Arthur Gould? Pretty sure Artie Gould died, the business got sold and moved up by Frank in Mass. So they changed ownership but still call it Arthur Gould Rebuilders. He used to work out of his house if I remember correctly.

    I have a hard time throwing stuff out. I really need to work on that. Maybe go get some therapy. Jen is going to have two 30 yard dumpsters in the driveway when I die. No one is going to be at my wake, all my friends will be dumpster diving:D
  14. JoeBlog

    JoeBlog Platinum Level Contributor

    Ok...one last time. Go ahead and pitch it. First, get the trash hauler to swap his GNX #001 for it. C’mon...we all know if anyone can make this happen, it’s you:D
  15. rmstg2

    rmstg2 Gold Level Contributor

    If you figure out what to do with it, don't keep it a secret I have one too, I need to do something with!

    Bob H.
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  16. HotRodRivi

    HotRodRivi Tomahawks sighted overseas

    If you like you can melt it down and boil off the steel , actually separate it from the aluminum , and make 2 bars of metal, aluminum and cast iron or steel .
  17. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Keep it! Storage totes are cheaper than therapy!
    (You do realize that your subconscious wants you to keep it; you titled the thread ‘save or keep’!)
  18. 71stagegs

    71stagegs bpg member #1417

    He sold it to my friend who sold it to the guy who worked for him for ten years King Park near train station if you want Ill ask him what he gets today to rebuild them
  19. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Yes Jason, it's Gould that moved up here to MA. I'll go in the Spring to get a rare 442 pump done there.
    Right...Jen...that's who I was thinking of when I said to put it under your pillow. All guys know there's no such thing as a "water pump" fairy, but I thought if you made believe you REALLY believed, then when she felt that lumpy greasy thing under the pillows, she'd say "Screw it, I'll just take it and toss it, and leave a twenty under there instead". Then it's gone...
    You know, I've actually thrown a LOT of junk parts in the trash. Then i start to think about it, and I think "Well, one day I might need that terminal on there, or I might need it for reference later". Then I pull it out of the trash! It's like I get separation anxiety from tossing it, even though I want to. The sad thing is, I'm a psych major, too.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019
  20. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    That's funny. Thanks for the diagnosis Doctor Patrick! :D:D:D

    Frank- Been there, done that with pulling stuff out of the trash! Still cant bring myself to even throw out my car magazines.

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