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How in the F*ck are you supposed to get the bottom bolt, there is no clearance for any socket of any kind even with an elbow. A wrench is to long to turn, I mean why do they build sh*t like this?
Any ideas? Is there some special tool I'm not aware of?
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How in the F*ck are you supposed to get the bottom bolt, there is no clearance for any socket of any kind even with an elbow. A wrench is to long to turn, I mean why do they build sh*t like this?
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v8, 302, guess I need a stubby wrench or an angled one
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Well I finally got it out, for anybody else that does this in the future you will need a shortie wrench.
Does anybody have any idea if you can tell if a thermo is bad by looking at it? The problem I was having was that the coolant was cycling as soon as I started the truck, so I assume it was stuck open. But it looks fine.
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i did replace it, was just curious.
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I was going to post I got mine out not long ago with a shorty but I see you've figured that out lol.

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There is a bypass. A GM distributor wrench worked for me. At least, it worked on the '76.

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The best way to test a thermostat is to drop it in a pot of water and bring it to boil. Watch the thermostat and see if/when it opens and closes.
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Use a thermometer while boiling it so you can see what temperature it's opening. Very important point!!! Don't use the better half's good cook ware to do this.

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