Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Central Illinois
Sorry for the long delay, I've been afraid to say anything. Replaced the thermostat, housing, and gasket. No more anti-freeze leaks. Haven't lost a single drip of antifreeze.
Oil is still a problem but definitely cheaper to replace. Considering some crud I found while changing the water pump, I'm okay with having to dump some fresh oil in her every few days for a while. I did discover some leak from the main seal so I'll have to pull that off again and do some more cleaning to maybe remove some more of the old RTV -- I swear I got it all but who knows, it was pretty thick.
I'll replace the valve cover gaskets one of these days because it is undoubtedly leaking from there as well.
Also, since replacing all that stuff, the car operates just over the mark that comes before the halfway mark (1/3rd?) and after a good deal of highway driving, then in town stop-and-go, it barely gets to what I used to consider normal operating temperature (just under halfway). I'm pretty sure this can't be a bad thing.
Thank you for all of your help!