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Old 10-24-2013, 10:47 AM
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You don't have to make a custom bucket. I just used a Rubbermaid tub filled with water. I bought a 1-1/4" ID clear hose from Lowe's. Hooked that to the raw water pump inlet and put the other end in the tub. The raw water pump sucked the water up with no problem. The only advantage to making the custom bucket is that you don't have to worry about the hose falling out of the tub and the custom bucket allows you to suck the bucket dry. To keep the hose in the tub, just clamp it to the side of the tub.

The inlet on most raw water pumps is at the bottom. You usually have to take the top hose off in order to get to the bottom hose. You need to take these hoses off anyway and bend them down into the bilge to get out any water. You should also take loose the large hose going to your thermostat housing and dump any water in there into the bilge.
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