Hello fellow alfisti! I bought my '83 GTV6 at the beginning of June this year. It ran like a top and I did the usual oil change and maintenance, until about a week ago I ran into my first issue with the car.
While driving home from a nearby town (about 52 miles), I noticed the coolant temperature was increasing. I was on the interstate, so it didn't get too hot until I got off on my exit and into stop and go traffic. About a mile away from my house, I noticed steam coming from under the hood. When I pulled into my garage and popped the hood, a giant cloud of steam poured out in a very comical (although I was panicking at the time) fashion.
When it cooled down, I could see it was all due to a leak the size of a pin hole in the hose that goes from the engine to the T connector, where it connects to the hose that returns to the reservoir. The segment of hose is about 12 inches long. It was pretty difficult to remove as there isn't much room to get a screw driver to remove the hose clamps, and even after I did, i ended up having to cut the thing off to get it free. It looks like the connections are pretty dirty. Can anyone offer any advice as to why this happened? I'm worried there is something inhibiting the cooling system from operating properly.
Also, although I intend to get the coolant hose kit from hiperformance store, I need to move the car this weekend to my garage where I intend on storing and working on it this winter (a 10 mile drive). Can I just go get a piece of bulk hose from an auto parts retailer in town for the time being?
Connection to back of block. Please excuse the excess bit of coolant that leaked. Its a mess
Like I said, any advice on what caused this/what to do next is greatly appreciated. I have a place to do major work on the car this winter where I would like to get it to as soon as possible, but at the time being it is at my current residence.