Steve R 1975 Chrysler Cordoba 2dr Hardtop Coupe

For you the junk yard for them the parts department

Although the car was a 1975 Chrysler Cordoba (with corinthian leather, I have never seen a skinned corithian) it was when the car was 3-4 years old. My wife and I were on vacation in Baja, California Mexico. We were about 250 miles south of the U.S. border stopped @ a cantina T intersection. We had just come up from the Sea of Cortez about 30 miles ALL uphill and hot when we stopped & went inside the cantina. After a bit a Canandian came to ask me if that was my Chrysler outside. To which I answered, Yes. He informed me of the wonderful dark green liquid under the front part of the car. Remember, I was 250 miles from the U.S. & 140 miles from any kind of city. Lifting the hood I saw the top radiator hose had blown. I went next store to the petrol station where they had gas & 40W oil, NO parts. I do not speak Spanish an showed the attendant my problem. He spoke to a young boy with a bicycle and the boy rode his bike accross the street where they was what looked like a junk yard.

While this was going on, the Canadian man came out to ask what was going on. I stated "he sent the boy to the junk yard" to which he replied "to you that's the junk yard, to them that's the parts department". He was correct.

After about 20 minutes the boy came back with 6-7 used different radiator hoses. None would fit properly so he sent the boy in another direction. After a short wait the boy came back with some pieces of 1 1/2" brass tubing. A piece from hose 1, a piece from hose 2 combinded with about 3-4 inches of brass tubing 4 hose clamps it was done.

I was about 450 miles from home. I purchased the correct hose and replaced it at my home. 34 years ago and I still remember it as it was yesterday.

Steve Rosenberg

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