Thank you for sharing. You mentioned the leaky water pump which I remember well. I am sure you know about this. The water pump was not designed with a water tight seal. It has a wire rope which is coiled around the water pump shaft just under the large nut on the front side of the pump. To seal the leak, you hit the grease fitting with a shot or two of grease and then you snug the nut enough to stop the leak. I used a small flat water pump wrench designed just for this purpose. At some point the rope wears out and you just replace it. I kept the grease gun under the front seat!
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