Intake manifold gasket

Star Date: 11 October in the year 2011.

The other day I spent a few hours doing what appeared would only take a few minutes. I had to drain the radiator on the truck. All the information I could find, just said open the petcock and drain the coolant. Event two main post that I’m following had this in generalities.

I had to look up where the petcock would be, what it would look like, etc. Finally found it and I had to move 3 pipes, a canister, a fan shroud and a few other things just to get to it. For anyone that may come across this post in conjunction with some other great ones, the petcock is at the lower corner of the radiator on the drivers side of the car. It is off white in color and needs about half a turn to allow the coolant to flow. This year truck doesn’t have a drain hose, so have a couple buckets or pans handy as it will drain from a couple different spots right in front of the tire.

It took a while but I got it done. Actually it took more time to get everything that I took loose to get to the petcock. In the end, I learned a few things. One thing I did learn is that this is definitely going to be a true test of patience. I plan to enjoy the process and when I get frustrated to stop and step back and take my time. I have to remember I’m not in a big rush. The most important thing is that the repair be done, and I have the benefit of the truck working more like it is supposed to, or at least as close as possible to that.

I’m not sure if I will be adding a new entry on the blog about the truck, everyday, but we will see how that goes.

Always Remember…you don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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