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Greetings,
Having fixed various things so far on my wife's car I have still more to do. So far I've replaced the starter (it had died) and rebuilt the Master Cylinder... Thanks to everyone here for their advice...
Now I have a few more questions...

My wife's car has a coolant leak. It looks like it's situated around the water pump (based on the location of the puddle on the garage floor)... What are the odds on it being the Gasket rather than the Water pump, and how can I tell?
If I have to replace the gasket should I replace the hoses and thermostat gasket at the same time, or should I just leave them? How easy is it going to be for me to do this? I have very little in the way of specialist tools/equipment.

Second question... The PO has (essentially) disconnected the choke on the Autolite 2100 carburettor. The Choke control tube has been removed, and the thermostatic spring is disconnected.
I need to replace the tube, should I get a mild steel replacement or a stainless steel one?
The spring can easily be reconnected, but according to everything I have seen there should be a calibration mark on the housing. I can't find one. I know I should be looking along the edge for a small line, but it just isn't visible. So, if you take the housing off and look at the spring coiled up inside, the spring has an obvious bend in the end. Where is the calibration mark relative to that bend? Is it right next to it? 90 degrees away? If I can find that out I can at least approximate the mark... :)

Thanks in advance for any help that you can give me.

Z.
 

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What are the odds on it being the Gasket rather than the Water pump, and how can I tell?
theres a 'weephole' on the front of the pump (at least on the stock-type cast-iron ones) that often pukes water when the pump has died. Also, a sig wobble in the pump shaft is a sign that the bearings have departed this earth.

If I have to replace the gasket should I replace the hoses and thermostat gasket at the same time, or should I just leave them? How easy is it going to be for me to do this? I have very little in the way of specialist tools/equipment.
The trouble w water pumps is getting to them thru the accessrys, and sealing them up on the timing cover. Not intellectually challenging, just tedious. If you can take off the fan, belts, pulleys, etc, then you can swap the pump. Dont forget to label/rem where each bolt goes on the pump face; in many cases they are of differing lengths and need to return to the hole from whence they came.

RE: hoses, you can check that right now. replace if frayed or you can feel bulges, weak spots when you squeeze the hose. Some folks change them every few years regardless. T-stat, is it leaking? Otherwise I dont know why youd want to crack open the housing.

Im sure smarter ppl here can offer more encouragment.
 
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