I though of the back yard mechanic approach and considered hacking the cylinder head but I worried about the filings.
I could be driving through the desert with a hose with no name… The filings would be on my brain.
Then the desert would remember those filings and run them into the water pump. The water pump would spin like an airplane propeller into the radiator. Then there would be no little hose that could…
Like you said Jeff “No matter what you fix, there will always be something else to fix..”