1975 Argosy 24 with the Chevy 454
So I emptied and flushed my radiator (which was surprisingly clean), replaced all my coolant lines, and removed all components of the dash A/C to eliminate weight and to clear air flow for the other radiators (there are four
other rads present!). The a/c compressor had already been disconnected, and from what I've been reading, the dash A/C is largely ineffective, mostly steals power, blocks airflow to the main rad, and creates extra engine heat, and everyone is using their genny and rooftop A/C when traveling anyway.
For the final step of the coolant system process, I pulled the cracked coolant reservoir, and when I did, it crumbled into tiny little bits (I guess heat, time, and UV rays will do that to plastic).
I assume it doesn't matter *what* reservoir is used as a replacement, as long as it has enough volume and the in/out hoses function in the same way as the original. The issue I'm running into is... the original return
hose was just dangling there from the reservoir cap, so I'm not sure where that hose should re-enter the system. Probably a stupid question, but this is really the first gas powered vehicle that I've dug into deep, so I need some information on where that coolant line should reattach to the system (I assume somewhere on the actual radiator?). Advice on sourcing a decent reservoir (possibly one that holds up better to the elements!) would also be appreciated.
p.s. While I was in there working on the coolant system, I bumped the windshield fluid reservoir and it crumbled in the same manner, so I need to replace that as well.