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Offline TransAmGuy

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1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:27:36 PM »
Am I going crazy with my car restoration?  Am I getting too detailed?  What's the meaning of life?

I just bought this EFE/EGR TVS.   A 1978 T/A calls for part # 3039491.   The place I bought it from in California swears that this one is correct even though it is stamped with a different part # (3040871).   I went ahead and bought it because it's the correct color.    ;D  But I still am searching for the GM part.   Am I nuts?





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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2008, 10:43:15 PM »
If it's any comfort, I have the same configuration except the color is black.  I have an aftermarket one too though.

You're nuts....but in a good way.

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2008, 11:28:48 PM »
If it's any comfort, I have the same configuration except the color is black.  I have an aftermarket one too though.

You're nuts....but in a good way.

I looked up 3040871.  It's intended for a 301 engine.   I'm thinking that if the operating temp is the same as the 400, it should be fine.  But I think I gotta root out the 3039491.  It just bugs me not having the correct part.

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008, 11:48:11 PM »
Uh-oh!  I smell a lot of money that's about to be spent! :D :D ;)

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008, 12:42:09 PM »
Hey transamguy, where did you get that???  I have been looking for one for my '78 t/a 400 for a year!  That is exactly what I need.  Anyway, I am sure the operating temperature would be the same or very close.  If you don't want this one I will buy it from you!

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008, 05:02:04 PM »
Hey transamguy, where did you get that???  I have been looking for one for my '78 t/a 400 for a year!  That is exactly what I need.  Anyway, I am sure the operating temperature would be the same or very close.  If you don't want this one I will buy it from you!

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2008, 12:14:45 PM »
Don't rush out and buy one yet.  It apprears the threads on this one don't match the threads in the intake manifold.  I'm going to run a tap into the intake to make sure there's nothing in there impeding the TVS but it only went in about 1/3 of the way before it "snugged" up.

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2008, 12:22:09 PM »
Don't rush out and buy one yet.  It apprears the threads on this one don't match the threads in the intake manifold.  I'm going to run a tap into the intake to make sure there's nothing in there impeding the TVS but it only went in about 1/3 of the way before it "snugged" up.



I checked mine and it doesn't seat all the way, it's sticks up about an eighth of an inch....but that's much further than 1/3.

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2008, 12:27:38 PM »
On my old intake, the TVS is all the way down.   I'd use it, but three of the four nubs are broken off.   I'm gonna call back on Monday and talk to the guy about it.  He seemed to be a helpful sort.
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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2008, 12:32:56 PM »
Tomco has a replacement part for 3040871.  It is Tomco part 13009.  It's $34 which is half what I paid for the part from Clean Air.  However, Tomco's part is black and the part I got from Clean Air is blue and GM.  I wanted blue.

http://www.tomco-inc.com/ProductDetailFromSearch.aspx?productId=12983       
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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2011, 06:38:13 PM »
I had to add to this old post, I ordered the same blue valve off this guy also, and he never mentioned anything about it being for a 301, Watch ordering from clean air prod.
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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 09:12:30 AM »
Often the colours are different combinations of the same part, different temprature rates or springs rates inside, for different combinations. So if it's meant to be black I'd be looking for a black one for it to also function correctly, if only for looks...paint!

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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2011, 06:14:12 PM »
This part is the same blue, luckily it has a diff part # melted into it, so I took it up to the chevy dealer, and it's for a 301, and a 151, the nut part on the bottom is chrome, where the orig ones are black, I have 1 orig 400 one left. the guy at clean air knows it's for a 301 but tells you its for a 400, I just sent it back and the egr trans, was wrong too,I'm done w/ this guy. I would imagine other people on this forum got the same part, it came up on a thread a while back.
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Re: 1978 EFE/EGR Thermal Vacuum Switch info
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2011, 12:25:46 AM »
Cracks me up, that switch is $23 at auto zone!!
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