torero500, I've done the full blown "coolant problem repairs" now on three of them, and I always allow a full day. But, I choose to work slowly and carefully, and I always do all "three areas." -that is replace lower intake gaskets, install modified EGR stovepipe and sleeve, and repair or replace upper intake manifold (air plenum) with new throttle body gasket. And OF COURSE, GET THAT "DEATHCOOL PINK POISON" flushed out of the system thoroughly and completely, and replace with real coolant. As a side note, I have not yet damaged or found it necessary to replace the coolant "elbows" that the guys mention, although I think that would also be a very good idea.
Also, as a note to everyone: I discovered that our local "Captain Clean" company has a large ultrasonic cleaning tank. I had them clean the radiator on my '99, and WOW
did it look like brand new
-and didn't even cost that much either. (they use a "green" hot detergent solution. -no acids, etc.) So from here on, anytime I encounter a less-than-clean radiator, I'm darn sure taking it to them to clean for me.
And by all means, I agree with Vital49 (where do you people come up with these user names,,,,) "OH, HI vital
" -yes I've been on a "long vacation, I guess" -just too many other issues in life for a while, I guess. BUT anyway, back to "I agree with vital49:" about the steering shaft, heck I'm not too sure I'd even fuss with it. I replaced mine with a brand new unit, following the "heavy grease pumping technique" which I think is in a tech bulletin for the Chevy Impala, and it only lasted for about a year (or less) before it started the clunking again.
BTW, everyone, I'm quite certain that I can invent a little modification to that intermediate shaft that will fix the clunking once and for all. BUT, I have way too many other projects to work on for now. (maybe later,,,, -WAY later.)
Yes torero500, I still L O V E our Bonnevilles, in spite of the corporate screw-ups.
Besides that, it gives me just about the right amount of "re-engineering" challenges that I actually enjoy
. (yeah I know, I'm kind of weird that way. Heck, you ought to see my crazy hot rod '57 chevy truck truck I built, and you'd surely believe how I enjoy the "re-engineering" challenges.
Sorry to have gotten so long winded. Again, welcome to the BC !!