Hi Guys - This next bit isn't specific to Sportwagon, but throwing it in for interest as it's a water pump replacement on the original 300 engine.
This engine is in good shape however from my knowledge has sat unused several different times in her life. I bought the car in 2008, and only had it running a few times in the following 15 years. Sitting high and dry in the Buick Barn, but unused. The last inspection sticker on the car is 1993 and it's from the State of Maine. This is not ideal for any engine, and brings with it a few common issues. One of them is water pump.
We ran the engine in the shop with exhaust ducted outdoors for a good half hour dialing in the idle and tuning. The engine was sounding a lot better with no parts replaced yet, however when we shut it down, after getting nice and hot, we noticed a coolant drip on the floor in the center of the engine. Sure enough, water pump seal.
So we pulled the pump, cleaned up the alt bracket, and installed a new pump from Rock Auto that was around 35 bucks. We will take the opportunity to sandblast the pulleys, fan, spacer, and hardware, and repaint semi-gloss black.
The brass plug on top is not the one that came with the new water pump, it is the one out of the removed pump, just cleaned up and teflon pasted. I am not sure its original as I almost think I may have just installed the cars 3rd water pump (removed had a sticker that didnt look GMish) - so if anyone out there knows if the brass plug is original equipment please let me know.
Fairly straight forward job, if you have not changed a Buick water pump, just remember to give the smaller bolts a good tap with a hammer to loosen first - not too hard now its an aluminum front cover - just a few taps! This should let them back out without breaking. Mine were actually quite loose. Tighten back to specs, no more. The 4 longer bolts (black) are through bolts which means they probably wont break but will need sealant on the threads as they go into oil side. Finally, the largest bolt, the one missing in photo (now installed) is also the alternator bracket bolt. This one will probably give you trouble on removal. I suggest putting some "softer" heat carefully to not damage the bypass hose, and tapping, more heat, more tapping, it should finally come out for you.