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Old 11/23/2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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Temp gauge reading when warmed up?

What does your temp gauge read when your car is warmed up? Mine doesn't seem to read very high, even after running for awhile... thanks, guys.

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Old 11/23/2007, 04:47 PM   #2
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...Mine are all over the map
(C to H):
302 4v - 1/3rd
302 4v - 1/2
289 2v - 1/3rd
390 4v auto - 1/4
390 4v 4spd - 3/4 (faulty gauge or sending unit 'cuz doesn't seem or act "hot").
302 4v clone - 5/8
428CJ Mach - 7/8...(faulty gauge or sending unit 'cuz doesn't seem or act "hot").

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Old 11/23/2007, 04:57 PM   #3
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And if everything is working properly, the rating on your thermostat will have an effect on it also.

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Old 11/23/2007, 05:18 PM   #4
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Oh I know... :) I'm currently working on getting the carb and stuff fixed up and I wanted to make sure that the thermostat is allowing the car to warm up properly. It seems to be in a similar range as what you guys have. I think I'm rebuilding it and after going back and forth, I'm upgrading to an electrice choke.

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Old 11/23/2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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If you lower the coolant level a bit in you radiator, you can start the car and let it warm up in he garage. Take the radiator cap off and watch early in the warming process. When the thermostat opens you will see the water start moving throught the fill hole. A bit of steam may come out. Insert a candy termo from your wifes special drawer and measure the temp. If the water is moving early and all the time, your thermostat is bad. Replace it with a 180 or 195 termostat and try this again. Now note what the guage says when you have the temp measured. Note it and you are good to go!!

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Old 11/23/2007, 06:40 PM   #6
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Insert a candy termo from your wifes special drawer and measure the temp.
That's what I've been doing wrong this whole time. I've been using the meat thermometer.

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HP numbers are good and all, but they're like asking someone how much they can bench. What difference does it make, if I can still kick your ass.
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Old 11/23/2007, 10:12 PM   #7
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...Rob, you ought to start your own (hot rod) radio talk show... "Ask Dr. Rob" ;-)

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Old 11/24/2007, 10:19 AM   #8
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Joe,
The candy thermometer is my wife’s….. The meat thermometer is mine for burning stuff outside….. The meat thermometer must remain pristine….. Wonder what my wife does with it when I am not looking???

Tim,
The first time someone exploded a battery in his face or burned the doody out of his/her hand performing one of Dr. Rob’s “cockamamie” tests or cures……. Litigation would run him out of business…

This site is such a wealth of experience!! Most of it learned the hard way!! The group should start their own talk show!!! There be power in numbers or “none of us is smarter than all of us”.

Anyone want to name the radio show?? Click and Clack is already taken….

How about….. Clip and Clop…… clip clop clip clop clip clop….

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Old 11/24/2007, 12:42 PM   #9
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I nominate "Hold my beer and watch this!"

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Old 11/24/2007, 04:57 PM   #10
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A man after my own heart!!! Beer is my one vice!!! Besides fast Fords!!! And lots of both!!

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Old 11/24/2007, 10:38 PM   #11
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Hi gang,

Although somewhat cumbersome, a T-stat can be tested in a pan of water and the afore mentioned candy thermometer. Heat the water and watch the t-stat and see at what temp the t-stat opens up. OR simply go the local parts store and get a new t-stat (don't forget a new gaskit)!

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Old 11/25/2007, 09:40 AM   #12
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I am so anal that I even test the "new" ones, as you described, before I install them. Worked in a radiator shop in the late 60's and even new ones were defective. Had to take them right back out. Sooooo.... Started to test all of them.

And don't ask me about heater core remove and replace. I have been under way to many dashes in my life!!! Every brand of car or truck!

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Old 11/25/2007, 11:54 AM   #13
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Rob's advice on the thermostat is dead on. ALWAYS check them prior to installation. Measure the temp when the thermostat opens (I use 180 degree units myself), then look at the temp gage position. Now you know the 180 degree position of the temp gage pointer. The temp sending unit (mounted on the intake manifold) seldom goes bad, but it has happened. Another little trick - prior to installing the new thermostat, drill a 1/8" hole through the metal flange area of the thermostat to allow a minute amount of bypass. (It won't affect the operation of the thermostat) This allows a small bypass if the thermostat were to stick CLOSED, which can alleviate overtemping the engine.
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A man after my own heart!!! Beer is my one vice!!! Besides fast Fords!!! And lots of both!!

Rob
I had pictured something more along the lines of the videos showing the guy cutting down a tree and it falls on his car or riding an atv into a wall. I'd bet every good "Boy, that was dumb" video started with someone saying "Here, hold my beer and watch this" before the camera started rolling.

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Old 11/25/2007, 07:59 PM   #15
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You guys had to see this on the news! A guy in the Bremerton area that decided to remove that last really stuck lug nut with his 12 guage!!!

Here.... "hold my beer" "I am gonna blast that sucker off"

the results were less than perfect....

Another candidate for the Darwins award.....

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