Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada
Many thanks for all the feedback.
I can't comment on the condition of the hoses prior to replacing them. My usual process when I bring a new car home is to replace all the potential road side problems; hoses, coolant (incl. flush), belts, water pump, plugs, all other fluids/filters, brakes, etc.
The rad cap is original. I did take it apart yesterday and it 'appears' OK. I will order a new one as a precaution.
Regarding the fit before clamping, it was quite snug so I didn't expect any issues.
Never heard of the hose paste or the Gates clamps. I will look into these at my local NAPA. BTW, Gates make some wonderful plastic hose adapters including reducers - been using these for years. Great stuff.
I don't drive the car much so it may be a few weeks before I can report back with an update, so bear with me.
Thank you and take care,
1996 Impala SS (102K km - for sale as of May 2018), 1994 Ford Escort, 1981 Mercedes 300SD (SOLD), 1971 VW Beetle Convertible (next project).