I don't work on my car anymore myself, I have a cheap enough mechanic that any engine work it needs it goes to him and he does a good job too. :bigsmile: Plus he's a good Chevy man, he knows them inside and out. The last major repair I made to a car was when I had my first POS car (1978 Mustang II).
A friend was helping me with this. The car blew the water pump and when the water pump went out the fan broke on the water pump sending the fan straight into the radiator which took the radiator out completely. It was winter time of course so it was like 20 degrees outside and we had no garage to be able to work on it inside. We had plastic draped over the car with an emergency light on to try and stay warm in our Jackets.
You want to talk about a project. It wasn't that hard to pull that water pump off but it had 16 bolts and they were about 4-5 different sizes each. Why Ford can't make something all the same size on the same part is beyond me! Plus we had to pry the fan out of the radiator so we could get into the bolts for that and then pull the hoses off the radiator, pull the old radiator out, pull off the water pump and put all the new parts on.
We came back inside later, completely done, frozen over and it was about a 2-3 hour project we figure. What a pain in the ass. :bigsmile: And you know how hard it was to find a radiator for that Mustang II? Damn near impossible. I ended up using a radiator from a 1976 Pinto that the junkyard had. We had to make new mounting brackets for the radiator before beginning so everything would mount up right although the radiator at least was basically the same size as the old stock Mustang radiator so it did work well once it was all in.