Well, I finally got the heater hose output on the water pump plugged and per usual, not without the multiple trials and tribulations.
Originally, I capped the heater hose output with a rubber cap, held on by a hose clamp. This method didn't even get me out of the driveway.
Next up, I tried a rubber expansion plug. This gave way 15 miles out on my first shakeout drive.
So, then the post about using a freeze plug. But, I thought I could make it one step easier by placing the freeze plug in the output nipple, instead of pulling the nipple and placing it directly in the water pump body. I went to the auto parts store and left with a handfull of various sized freeze plugs. I tested them all, until I found the perfect fit, then started tapping it in using the socket method. Well...I didn't realize that the nipple had a lip on it. I started tapping the freeze plug into place. It was the perfect snug fit, until, all of the sudden the freeze plug and my socket disappeared inside of the water pump. I was able to retreive the socket with my magnetic wand, but I couldn't get the freeze plug back out....thus the panic about "how to remove the nipple on a water pump".
So, I pounded a screw drive through the output nipple and finally wrangled it out. A 3/4 freeze plug fit snugly into place.
347 - Holley DP - 471 fwhp
JBA shorty's, 2.5" tubes, Dr Gas X-pipe
T-5 world class 5 speed, w/ .80 OD
9" with 3.70's & T-loc
4 wheel Wilwood disc brakes
17" CL-205's, 225/45 & 255/40
TCP/Global West suspension
OpenTracker roller spring perches
subframe connectors, Panhard bar
TCP manual rack & pinion
Power door/window locks w/ keyless entry
Driven, not pampered
Last edited by Tims65; 11-08-2009 at 10:31 PM.