the fickle (and inevitable) finger of fate

Phil Rose pjrose at
Tue Apr 22 20:25:09 EDT 2003

At 4:34 PM -0500 4/22/03, Jeff.Bernstein at wrote:
>I tried driving the car with the hose attached as you have described this
>last summer and I only made it 10 miles before it let go.  It was summer so
>I'm sure this was a factor but it still let go awfully quickly.

If our stupid-a** local dealer had it in stock I'd have bought the
kit and installed it by now. Anyway, I can simply garage the car 'til
the new radiator arrives next week, or limit its use to short hops of
5 miles or less without a problem. Before attaching the hose, I
cleaned and roughened the stub with sandpaper to (hopefully) give the
hose some extra grip. So far I've done one 2-mile round-trip  (to buy
a sub for lunch), and the coolant reached normal operating temp. I
carry a gallon of coolant and 5mm socket at the ready.

Ah, the pure adrenaline rush of life on the edge!


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
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