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  1. Hey gang, Back in February, I got a salvaged 1990 Reatta Convertible. Since then I've been reading this forum and learned a ton. So thank you all. Now to my two questions: I took the car to a trusted local mechanic and had a complete list of the car's issues made. In the long list of things the car needs pretty much all of the cooling system needed attention. Since I'm an amateur mechanic and know that the work on the cooling system is fairly simple I decided to take on that stuff myself. I was able to replace the water pump and and moved on to the thermostat. When I looked at the water outlet elbow on the top of the block I noticed that it was covered in corrosion. It took me a while to remove the bolt that secures the outlet elbow in place but I got the bold out. In the process however, I broke a plastic nipple off what I'm calling "mystery fuel part" above the bolt. See the attached photo marked with an arrow. My first question is what is this part? I'm guessing I'll need a new one. Next question: I can't, for the life of me, get the elbow out. I've been able to move it around (side to side) using a hammer and a breaker bar but the thing will not come up. Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated. PS - Also I'm ordering a new elbow and o-ring.
  2. I wasn't sure which of the 4 Oldsmobile forums I should post this in, so forgive me if I should post this in the other ones. Also, I recently joined the Classic Oldsmobile forums, so if you are on that forum and are seeing this again, you'll have to forgive me for duplicating the post. I've recently started started the restoration of my 1941 Oldsmobile 96 Custom Cruiser Business Coupe. I've finally got my priorities straight and I'm looking at getting my 1941 Oldsmobile the much needed love she deserves. Here she is in her former glory with me as a high school punk The car was originally my my scoutmaster's car when I was growing up. He didn't know much about cars, and for a "wax job" and other maintenance tasks he would let me drive the car to the high school dances. After I graduated from High school, I remained good friends with my old scoutmaster, and he started having bigger and bigger problems with the car. I ended up rebuilding the brakes, the suspension, re-coring the radiator, and fixing a leaky head gasket for him. One day he got tired of the hassle and offered to sell me the car. With my dad loaning me the $$ I bought it on the spot. Since then, I've graduated college with an engineering degree, got married, had 2 kids, and finally find myself on good financial footing, with a steady job to tackle the ol 41. I recently resurected her from the dead, put her on the insurance, bought a new battery and drove her to work a couple of times last month. I had a tire blow out on the freeway and the bias ply spar was flat! My immediate squawks are: leaking thermostat housing replace hi-low beam headlight switch (short causes the lights to not work)) sandblast/powedercoat the original rims (I'm torn about using the crager wire wheels or restoring the original steel rims with wide white radials)) rewire everything under the dash I have a good head start on all these items except I can't find a thermostat housing for the original 238 straight 6. Does anyone know of a replacement, or swappable part, or a source for an original? I'm anxious to get one on order. The car is the original drivetrain, with the original hydramatic tranny and 6v system. I'm still working out the long term plans on what to do with the car, but for the short term I'm wanting to make her reliable and go through her systems and then fix the paint and finish one piece at a time keeping the car drivable through out her restoration. Here are some more pics of her current state: After the flat Original (Flat Spare) Front end Engine Interior Big Rear End Needed: Rotting/leaking thermostat housing I've seen a number of 41 oldsmobiles for sale on ebay and many of them look like they have updated thermostat housings that look like the one in this picture, but I haven't been able to find anywhere what that housing is. Anyone have any ideas? I've already called Fusik and had no luck there. I'm also not positive, but it looks like the thermostat housing is the same one on both the 8 cylinder and the 6 cylinder engines. Thanks for any help, and I'm excited to have found this forum, it looks like there are lots of neat projects going on to read up on!
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