I hate to tell on myself but I have basically been sitting on my ass for a week straight.
I dunno, WTF eh?
Maybe I’m dealing with a bit of depression. After I got to thinking about all the bullshit I have had to deal with since April I guess it wouldn’t really surprise me.
About Tuesday my lower back went out from sitting in this fucking recliner and that didn’t help any. I did manage to fuck around for an hour or so here and there but basically I have just been practicing my best impression of a bump on a log. To make matters worse, it’s been pouring rain for days on end.
That finally let up today and about One O:clock this afternoon I gave myself a serious kick in the ass.
I called up to Tony’s and got a heater core, some hoses and a jug of anti freeze set out and then started up the old Caballero that has been sitting for two weeks now so I could run up and get it. Whenever that thing sits for a day or two you gotta crank it over a few times to get fuel pressure back into the carb. Then you pump the gas pedal a few times and it roars to life. Ya gotta love that old bastard.
Up I went and back I came. It was enough to get the thing warmed up and the battery charged back up.
Then it was the usual vehicle rodeo moving shit around so I could get the Truck up into the driveway.
I commenced to tearing into the thing and while I did struggle a bit, I have run across much, much worse when it comes to getting a heater core out. I fought with the damn hose clamps for quite a while trying to get at them. They are down low right next to the A/C accumulator and that thing is right in the way. Then some Jackass had the clamps turned funky to boot.
The bigger hose wasn’t too bad, the other one was a little bitch but after I finally got the clamp loose I just cut the hose off.
I was quickly greeted by the remnants of Love Canal.
Let’s just call it Liquid Rust.
Somebody neglected the shit out of that cooling system.There was one screw holding the plastic cover on the heater core that was way up in the back, right next to the Firewall and I damn near had to take the vinyl floor mat out to get a socket on it. A complete Mechanics By Braille placement, of course.
I finally got the lid to come down with some prying but I heard it crack at one point and it’s like the lid was either pinched up against the firewall and the floor matting or there was a hidden screw back there that you weren’t getting to for love nor money.
But it came down just far enough that I could just barely get a socket onto the screw that holds a little metal clamp down that holds the heater core up in the heater box.
I got the old heater core out and very carefully took it in the garage to pour the contents out into a glass jar.
You can’t see them in this picture but big chunks of shit came out of it that looked like long slender leaves that had been rolled up and slid into the tubes.
That old heater core was basically plugged solid.
The old one is in the back, with the damn tubes that have clips holding them into the core. Fuck that noise. The new one didn’t have that happy shit. Of course I forgot that new heater cores don’t come with new foam to cushion the edges so I had to very carefully tear it loose off the old one and put it back on the new one.
I stuffed it back in, put all the screws back in except that one dirty bastard in the back, I lost a Snap On 7 mm socket back up in there for a while trying to get that screw started and when I finally got my socket back I said fuck it.
Then it was back into the engine bay to replace the hoses. I think it actually took me longer fucking with those than replacing the heater core did.
Got it all back together, twisted the radiator cap off and put a big drain pan under the radiator.
More leavings from the Love Canal.
I actually had to wipe off the filler neck and put my mouth on the bastard so I could blow into the radiator and unplug the drain.
Sludge, rust and the same color shit that was in the jar finally came dribbling out.
The inside of the radiator is completely covered in rust.
I got it drained, filled it back up with new coolant and put the cap back on. Then I started it up and checked for leaks.
I let it run until I could feel the thermostat opening up by putting my hand around the upper radiator hose.
Then I checked inside and could definitely feel some heat coming out of the vent.
I topped it off and went for a spin. By then it was already dark and my fingers were hurting from being cold. I also started dripping snot from being cold.
I took about a four mile run with it and I definitely have heat now.
It ain’t run ya out of the cab kind of heat but it is enough to keep me from freezing my ass off the whole way back and forth to work.
It will be interesting to see just how far I have to drive it when it gets good and cold outside before I get any actual heat out of the thing. It’s seven miles one way to work and it was taking about four and a half to five before I got any heat at all. Hopefully this will improve on that, now that coolant can actually flow through the entire system.
If I can get through this Winter with it as is, then come Spring I will chemical flush the living dog shit out of it and then prepare to replace the radiator and the water pump.
Because we all know after I flush it like that it will only be a matter of time…