Today I started filling the radiator on my roadster, and soon found coolant dribbling down the front of the engine. Somehow I managed to install the outlet on the head with no gasket or sealant.
No trace of a gasket or sealant.
I suppose the moral of the story is Pay attention the what you're doing.
Steve, it has to do with old age or so they tell me, i just did something similar, i had the gasket and the Permatex and forgot to bolt it together.
Thats one way to handle a radiator to head mis-alignment
Uh, Steve, from the picture I suspect you are missing more than the gasket. I think there is something else that goes between the head and that orange tube like thing.
Maybe a little Aricept or Namenda is called for in this instance. First you will have to diagnosis Steve's condition. (pun intended)
Steve,Being a senior myself the first thing i would have checked was my water and not the T's!Bud.
Boy, am I glad to see that!!
If Steve does things like that- along with all the marvelous things he does, maybe there is hope for ME!
I, like others, have been diagnosed with A.P.C.D. (Acute Progressive Chronographic Dysfunction) also known as Old Age. .
I find that when working on the T, I don't forget things as much as I let my attention be distracted because I'm always thing of the next step that has to be done.
At least that's my theory and I'm sticking to it!
What's worse is not remembering if you did something critical and have to disassemble your project to make sure you did. Or didn't. Kinda like finishing a job with parts left over. CRS (Can't Remember Something or other.)
Just a brain fart.
Short term memory is the second thing to go. I don't remember what the first one was.
AND I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT DID THAT, Welcome to the club Steve. Guess I'd better go check the last few things I was doing again & again & again.
That's not as bad a senior moment as forgetting to put the toilet seat down.........well at least in this house!
That's exactly why I use tap water when I reassemble a head or radiator. I then drive it a while and re-torque the head bolts. When I'm sure it's sealed, I drain it and install 50 50 coolant with distilled water.
By the way, that isn't necessarily age related! When I was about 35 I drained oil out of a car and then poured 5 quarts of new oil in and right into the drain pan with the old oil! It's very easy to get distracted and miss something.
It's not just old age. It happens to us young'uns too.
I did a lot of work on my T one night. I had pulled the hogshead off to replace a leaky gasket, and and finally it was all back together and it was time to start it.I hand cranked it like I always did (the starter never worked) and it started right up. I was all proud before I noticed a big puddle of oil emerging on the floor. I forgot to put the starter back in!
Steve, I think you'll find the missing part on the workbench next to that cup of mysterious, fuzzy green liquid...
"That's not as bad a senior moment as forgetting to put the toilet seat down.........well at least in this house!"
Jay, my retaliation has always been to put the lid down. If I have to be harassed, so do they. Wifey was easy to train. MIL never did learn, and she's dead now.
Recent research shows if your toothbrush is within eight feet of the toilet, it can get contaminated by aerosols from flushing with the lid up.
Eventually you reach the point where everything reminds you of something else. Jay and Ralph have reminded me of one of my favorite cartoons. It showed a woman standing in front of a toilet with little spots all over the seat, looking at it with a sad expression on her face. "Lorraine had given up looking for a soul mate. Now she just wanted a man who would put the seat up when he peed."
I'm pretty sure that the way it works is that as we get older, those "senior moments" become more and more frequent, until eventually, they all run together and it is then called,.....senility! And there are very few things that I can discuss with any real "authority", but in this case,.......well,......never mind,......harold
"Lorraine had given up looking for a soul mate. Now she just wanted a man who would put the seat up when he peed."
Steve great humor, Thanks for the laugh!!!!
I said this before.
Your getting old when you forget to zip up
But your really old when you forget to zip down
DEPENDS Fred !
I told my wife if I have to put the toilet seat down, she has to put the car seat back. She always moves it so far forward I can't even get in.
I can't stand a woman who can't put the seat up when she's done......
Dave, as I was typing my post, I mentioned my suspicion of Steve's Alzheimer's disease,but deleted it in kindness to the old fellow. I'll need to do a Mental Status Exam on him the next time we meet. If he forgets to bid, maybe someone else can get some cheap parts at an auction.
Where did you get the clear snout? I'd love to have one!
I usually start missing stuff when I'm close to being back to driving again. I get so excited about driving that I start to rush.
Speaking of toilet seats. My wife trained me a long time ago to sit when I pee!!! So at my shop I have installed urinals! She made me clean all of the toilets stains and stink in the bathrooms. After her making me clean toilets for about a year I learned to sit to pee. No joking here please!
Now the problem with being trained... I had a couple of fellas stay the other week end at my house upstairs and the wife wanted me to not wake her when we came in from the shop where we had been working. So I slept in my son's old room upstairs too. In the middle of the night I had to go. I have slept in my son's room lots and know it well. So I do not turn on hall lights to go to the bathroom. Wakes everyone up as it lights up the whole house. (Open beamed ceiling and balcony railing). I know my way there and back well. When I went to sit down in the dark I just kept on going! I landed in the water as the toilet is a long style. The lid was up! I turned on the bathroom light and yes the lid was up and that's NOT the worst part! They did not flush after using it!!!!! They did not want to wake anyone they said. It's a silent flush! Needless to say a bath was in order that night.
You guys think you got it bad! ???
Joe in Mo.
Unenviable position, but funny, nonetheless.
how funny is that Joe?!!!
If this were a forum of women we'd have all peed our pants with laughter by now. wait.....
You MUST have had the hood off. That is a major senior moment. Hershey is coming up, and that is going to be my senior moment.
So you've advanced from just leaving the hose clamps loose to actually leaving parts out. Congrats & welcome to the club.
I must admit that I often forget to tighten the hose clamps. I usually blame the cat.
As I read your first lines, I thought and was going to say "Good for you! More guys should do that!" I used to run a lot of service calls into peoples homes, and if you haven't, you have no idea how disgusting most people live. The horrible stories I can tell. ICK!
Then I read further. I am sorry (for you, I wasn't at your home). I really am. But I laughed SO hard. Thank you. I needed that.
(We may be going for a record on thread drift direction)
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2