Re: Nasty thermostat problems..
Well turns out, a friend of mine had a good idea to put studs instead of replacement bolts, thus eliminating the breaking problem all the way around. I wanted to put the "real" bolts back in too. I didnt want to settle for just some matched bolts from autozone.
And as for the manifold problem, i called this local shop, apparently this guy is the mustang guru around San Antonio, and talked him into giving me a throw away manifold for cheap on a car he was upgrading. The only thing that bothered me about replacing my plastic manifold was with another used plastic manifold. Cause they say, "you get what you pay for." I'm just glad to be sitting in the saddle again.