About a year ago I had to replace a cracked exhaust manifold. Now, I have a couple of 'shade tree mechanics" as neighbors, but they often give conflicting advice. So I made the executive decision that when I work on this truck, I need to put anything and everything I can find or learn about to my advantage.
That means asking a lot of questions. That also means not taking their advice sometimes. All of this drives my shade tree mechanics crazy. ("If you're going to ask me for advice, why don't you take it.") I've learned to be very diplomatic, and so far I have been very successful at smoothing ruffled feathers and keeping my friends as friends.
If I find I need a 'down and dirty' patch up, I'll be back.
Thank you again for your very real help, Rod.