That round thing in the center of the photo boys and girls is called a "freeze plug" popularly but it is really a "core plug". If you have a cast engine block with inner chambers you own at least one and probably more. When an engine is assembled they are plugged with a press in plug made of sheet metal. If a corrosion inhibitor is not used in the coolent they are the first to let you know.
When you have a 24 year old vehicle you have to expect these trials and tribulations.
Owning an automobile is such a pain in the ass but until there is some sort of public transport here it is the other option. My primary option is my bicycle and it goes like this. #1 - bicycle #2 - other bicycle #3 - one of our ancient junkers. If I had to sell anything the bike would be last.
This car has been broken for over a week now so as you can see I haven't been anxious about it. I had planned to deliver it to the smithy this morning but decided I wasn't in the mood when I got up cranky. Tomorrow morning since I want to go for a bike ride anyway I may.
I also replace those goddamned presta valve tubes so I could put air in them. I don't know who invent the presta valve but it had to be a man and a Frenchman at that. I replaced the pedals with folding pedals this year because I got tired of the pedals gouging my ankles when I tried to lead it around folded.
At thirty pounds plus it is a little heavy to pack very far but for a short distance it is no problem even for us elderly folks.
Normally it rides around in the back of the previously mentioned Ford. It is not unusual for me to park my car and do my running around on it. More than once I have failed in whatever mission I was on when I unfolded my little bike. I am so easily distracted.
When you drive older vehicles it is comforting to have a lifeboat.