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Bought a new aluminum water pump.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DPI, Aug 29, 2002.

  1. DPI

    DPI 1/2 ton status

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    The quality sounds pretty good and the price was awesome for an aluminum pump for my setup. The company that manufactures them is called CAT. I never heard of them, but after looking around on their site and talking to them, I ordered one from Gambardella out of Williamstown, NJ. It was $71.99 for a polished aluminum pump. The only other aluminum pump I could find for my application was @ summit for $151.95 for an Edelbrock that is not polished, the polished pump was $249.95. Polishing really was not important, but hey I'll take it.
    Has anyone used one of these pumps? If not I'll let you know how it turns out
     
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    What are the benefits of a pump like that?
     
  3. DPI

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    1. Higher volume will flow more fluid and should help to run cooler.
    2. Higher pressure will raise the boiling point.
    3. Aluminum dissipates heat faster than iron.
    4. Bigger shaft and bearing, should last longer? May be pushing it here.
    5. Aluminum is lighter than iron ( not a big deal since I have a 125 lbs winch and 120 lbs of tubing up front anyway).
    6. Aluminum is COOL! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif (now I am really reaching for some justification for the pump) /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  4. 90K5

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    Aluminum does not rust
     
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    One more plus is that when the pump is trashed, Aluminim has a higher scrap rate than iron /forums/images/icons/grin.gif .
     
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    Yeah, Or you can just rebuild it. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Yeah... I suppose you could do that. Hmmmmmmm.... thats alot better of an idea than turning it in for scrap, especially since you'd still probably only get like 50 cents...
     
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    Sounds like for $72 its worth it.
     
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    Dang, I just bought the stock replacement at NAPA for $32! Wish I'd known about this brand before. I guess I'll book mark it for next time. Thanks for the info!
     

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