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Old 06-11-2012, 07:19 PM
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1950 ford flathead-overheating

Rebuilt flathead, thermostats removed, new aftermarket 4 row HD radiator,
Mallory Electronic Distributor, 7 lb pressure cap with overflow bottle.
still overheats- any suggestions?

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put the t-stats back with out them they will flow a lot of water . and check the timing , those old flatties will handle quite a bit .
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justold is dead on about the timing. Nothing will make a flathead heat up quicker than the timing being retarded. Also be sure all your radiator baffles are in place. Do not let the hot air recirculate around the radiator. Henry was too cheap to put them there if they weren't necessary. Good luck.

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