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Freeze plug On a 1979 Zagato the freeze plug is popped. Is that usually indicative of serious engine damage? I am thinking if buying if the answer is no. THANK YOU

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No, sometimes they actually just come out. you need to look a little harder though. you now have reason to believe there could be a problem so be on your toes! MrRodneyLong@gmail.com

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