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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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WTB: Buffman's water pump seal tool

Ok I had one back 10 years ago, but after moving 3 times since then, I can no longer find the Aluminum tool that you install the water pump coupler seal.

If anyone has a lead I'd appreciate it.

I have found sellers on EvilBay, but was hoping to get one from a member of our community.

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If you were close, I'd let you borrow mine. It's only seen the light of day 2 times since I got it. Then again, 1 of those tools you hope you don't use often.

Never done it this way but in a pinch, maybe this would be a good option to try?


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I had PM'd him a year or so ago about it, he said just do eBay. Haven't seen anybody else on here making them.

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Why not do the sharpie trick?

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 07:06 AM
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Tool is nice to have, but unnecessary. As stated above, use a sharpie-cap. It works just fine if you're careful


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also the spline coupler works....just need to get the seal "started" on it without folding over the inner seal lip. It helps to turn the seal as you initially slide it on the coupler

The Bufffman one, and Kent Moore OEM one, have a tapered end making the seal slide on easy as does the Sharpie pen cap

there are options

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Agreed, polish the coupler and use that as your install tool.
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Awesome suggestions guys. I hadn't thought about the coupler. I'll do that for sure.

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Agreed on using the Coupler but they are generally rusted up or far from smooth. I would worry about it ripping the seal as it was installed. If going this route, I would think a Socket like shown in the video would be better as it is most likely a lot smoother/cleaner than the coupler would be.

there was also mention of the sharpie tool being made out of the "cap". Back in the day when I first did this, there was a drawing and all showing you how to use a Sharpie Case or body....not the cap. Not familiar with the cap but as long as the size is correct, no reason you can't. but this is more of what I was familiar with and actually used the first time doing the WP seal....



Be sure to put a little oil on whatever it is you attempt to use which will help it slide on/off better.

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Bob,
I agree with ya about the surface of the coupler. I'll still take a look at junkyards the next time I'm there

Hell I'm also going to see how much a vendor from work can make a sample lot for me.

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