Thermostat Housing ear broke?
Well I was about to begin my flush to remove all of my old gunk from the Ford coolant. I was using a 3/8" ratchet hand held to remove the two bolts from the thermostat. Outboard top nut OK, inboard top nut OK, then I start to remove the stud from the outboard side, a little stiff but appeared to break free with a little hand tap, started to remove the stud then worked on the inboard stud 13mm wrench a slap and then she broke free. As I am removing the studs I realize that the outboard flange of the T-housing has broken in my attempt to remove it. Its a chunk about a quarter of an inch and part of the threads for the studs are parts of the broken piece. The whole ear cracked and snapped off. Now what? I cannot believe that something as simple as removing (2) bolts from a thermostat housing can ruin an entire day. Is that housing part of the block? The timing chain cover? Or what? I cannot believe that I may have to remove the front of the truck just to fix a crappy casting. Anyone with some ideas?