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1979 Apollo 3000 db Refurish

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Hopefully posted in the proper section.

Started refurbishing a 1979 Apollo 3000 db and would love some advice/resources to help me along! Especially from anyone who has been through the gauntlet of refurbishing an old beast. 

Structurally she’s got great bones but comes with your expected leaks in the plumbing and engine. It’s got a 440 in it that is running alright but needs some TLC. Ideally I’d like to take it out and rebuild it but getting it out is going to take some courage.

 
There’s water leaking just about everywhere when I hook it up but it looks like the major leaks are at the fittings and under the tub. From what I can tell I’ll have to take the tub out to reach it?

Sorry if this is too broad of a post, I’m new to the forum. 
 

 

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As suggested on your other post, I would highly recommend that you replace all that old polybutylene pipe with PEX. The old stuff has been outlawed anyway because of cancer causing substances within the material makeup of the pipe. PEX is very easy to work with and is freeze tolerant. However I would not use plastic couplings, only brass for lasting purposes. Plastic or brass are not freeze tolerant, so they should always be protected. I used SharkBite or gatorbite fittings for simplicity, and if you use these type fittings, be sure to use a good PVC pipe cutter and lightly sand with a fine grit paper or cloth, the push on fittings use a rubber O-ring to make a seal and are very easy to cut if a burr is left on the pipe. Again good luck with the renovation.

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23 hours ago, kaypsmith said:

As suggested on your other post, I would highly recommend that you replace all that old polybutylene pipe with PEX. The old stuff has been outlawed anyway because of cancer causing substances within the material makeup of the pipe. PEX is very easy to work with and is freeze tolerant. However I would not use plastic couplings, only brass for lasting purposes. Plastic or brass are not freeze tolerant, so they should always be protected. I used SharkBite or gatorbite fittings for simplicity, and if you use these type fittings, be sure to use a good PVC pipe cutter and lightly sand with a fine grit paper or cloth, the push on fittings use a rubber O-ring to make a seal and are very easy to cut if a burr is left on the pipe. Again good luck with the renovation.

This is helpful, thanks.

I think replacing all the water lines will be the first thing I tackle.

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