it's been a while since I posted mostly on account of the 'ol girl running great!
A while back my water pipe rusted out near the serp belt and I just patched it with rubber coolant hose. As I try and conserve the engine until its HG time I'd like to change out the coolant and put in lower temp tstat, but I'm not going to do all that without fixing this pipe properly. If any of you don't know which pipe I speak of, it runs from waterpump, up the timing cover at about a 45 degree angle, then it bends around the corner near alternator, and continues to run under intake mani into the thermostat.
I have a replacement water pipe, but from my junkyard hunts it seems to me this pipe cannot be changed out unless you pull the whole head, or at a minimum remove the intake manifold.
I've searched all the threads I could find and all I found was the link below which in the end was inconclusive as if it can be changed without removing head or intake mani.
so my question .....
Can you change the water pipe without taking the head off the block or without taking the intake manifold off the head?
If so, what is the trick?
any insight would be greatly appreciated, I hate driving around on a band-aid type fix, though its lasted me a year or so, I'm definitely on borrowed time.
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