Things done today: New valve cover gaskets (silicone). Thermostat. Heater valve.
everybody loves rocker arms right!?
that gasket reminds me of the thing
there was no thermostat in the car:
Now there is. And it works.
As for the heater valve, getting the old one out was such a PITA I didn’t bother getting any photos. And then the control wire didn’t fit on the valve side of the thing, so I just left it off. The upside is the heater doesn’t blow warm air when switched off now, which is why I needed to get the new valve in before we start getting 105F days in Texas.