Well. i've been a bit busy today...finally got around to installing the coolant reroute. Let's see, I picked up the spacer from out (now missing) ReverendGreg back at the Flyin' Miata Comes to Atlanta Dinner the Friday night before The Mitty :lol:
Took me 5 hours (1 hour did include prepping, checking over, preassembling some parts while the car cooled down from running a couple errands). Getting the heater hose/temp. sensor housing out was actually easy. Once the stock stuff was out, I had a very fun time getting the stud out of the head on the back.....oh so much fun. Once out, I had even more fun trying to fit the spacer, Kia neck and the gaskets together and keeping everything aligned while I tried to get the bolts started in their threads.....if I ever have to do this again, i'll take the option to have teeth removed without anesthesia...man that sucked. I was smart enough to cover all those nasty hose clamps on the heater lines with a cloth so I didn't look like some Emo-loser who tried cutting up his arms...but I did manage to split the end of my right index finger pretty good halfway though the process...so working with it all bandaged up wasn't making things any easier. I managed to FINALLY get everything lines up and tightened up on the back and everything from there went very easy...it was just running the piping from the radiator to the new waterneck. The radiator hose I grabbed from AutoZone got cut up and I found some 1.25" steel couplers in the plumbing dept. at Lowe's. I'll post up pics of that particular part soon. But you can see it in the joint between the two 90* bends right off the radiator.
Once everything was in, I filled up the radiator only to find the spacer on the front was leaking. Fixed that and found one of the gaskets on the spacer on the back of the head was leaking....great. Since I don't have a way to go get one, i'll have to wait until tomorrow to get a couple new gaskets and get them in and take the car for a spin to make sure everything is OK.
Looks nice and clean
Quite a bit of room between the re-routed upper hose and the intake pipe. A lot of cars have a problem here with the two hoses being all up in eachother's business....which transfers heat into the intake.
And the spacer assembly on the back of the head...rather hard to get a good picture of.