I'm hoping to find someone that's done exactly what I want, to a car exactly like mine . Just kidding. I've found a lot of different threads, but they're typically dealing the specific problem someone has encountered.
I have all new hoses, roll over edge clamps, water pump, thermostat, and coolant. I'm not sure what else I need or what else I should do while I'm at it.
I would like to have the radiator pressure checked and then re-cored/replaced if needed. I've seen lots of recommendations on 3 row, W&N, Behr, etc. I would also like to make the heater work. I realize this might be as big or bigger than just replacing the hoses, but if there's some time/money savings from doing them at the same time then that's what I'd do. (Money saved maybe only for coolant? Is there an overall time savings for doing both at same time from duplicating any efforts?)
Here's my tentative plan:
Leave heater in the on position (how can I be sure the valve to let coolant run through the heater core is open? maybe its closed and that's why it doesn't heat during the winter)
Remove thermostat and run water through the block, back through the drain on the radiator
Pull radiator and take to a shop for pressure test
Remove/replace fan (electric fans sound nice, but you lose the look... not sure here)
open engine block coolant drain plug to drain water. Continue running water to make sure it is cleaned out.
replace all hoses
??? Work on heater
Put things back together and fill with fresh coolant/distilled water
Is this the right process?
'74 automatic with 32/36 DGAV (water choke) carb