Well another typical day when Lucien touches a wrench
Bought some ramps, got em home, put 'em together.....car is too low with the v5/H&Rs. Back to get the extensions......still too low.
Ok, so then we got some wood for the front tires to "step" up on, and that solved it. Ok great, 90 minutes in and we finally can start working on the actual thermostat!
Dropped the thermostat housing, no prob. Got a little messy, but no biggie.
pulled the old thermostat, no prob.
put the new one in with the new gasket...easy.
Put the housing on, tightened, the 1st bolt. threaded the second bolt. Tightened it as well. Aw heck, one more turn for good mea....SNAP!! Ugh. sheared off right at the block. Tried to drill it out, no luck, other than probably wrecking the threads in there. Put the old thermostat back in, dumped in as much water as I could and made a run for my mechanic shop a mile away, where she now sits awaiting the dawn of Monday morning. I just hope the original threading can be salvaged trying to get that bloody bolt out.
Nice, simple shade-tree kinda job