Besides a whole lot of "noodling" yesterday, I actually did get some work done. The water pump shaft had about 3/8" of end play, and if left unaddressed it could cause a lot of damage to the engine block. Took the hood and the radiator off.
Is there a better sound than when a stubborn pulley finally "pops"? This one was a bear.
I removed the water pump itself, and when I saw the impeller fins, the damage was obvious, and the corresponding wear was in the engine block. The good news was, there was no structural damage. I think if I take care of the end play, it will work for many years.
This is my solution. The shaft is 5/8". I had a few 3/4" collars in stock, but no 5/8". Bummer. But then I looked through some bushings and I found this 5/8" x 3/4" shoulder bearing. It's oil impregnated. Gets hot, oozes oil. So, I pressed it into the collar. I'll lock this next to the metal grease seal, and that will keep the impeller in place. Well, that's the plan anyway, lol. The good thing is I can periodically check for wear simply by checking end play.
Earlier when I tried to drain the radiator I found the old petcock wasn't working. It was seized and plugged up. I just removed it and placed aside. Later, I went about seeing if I could get it working again. What emerged from a cleaning was this little gem. Imagine, a petcock, that no one was meant to see. A trivial apparatus of the day. But, as I looked at it(stared), I saw art, a pride and caring rare today. She'll go back on the DB
, but it will be seen and talked about. It was a great day spent with a legend........love this thing.