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Old 10-11-2002, 01:29 PM
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Ok, folks.

I have just finished a setup in my truck in houston. i need to drive it to abilene on sunday. however, it sits just under 200 degrees drivin around here in houston going only 50-55 mph. any suggestions on how to get it down short of replacing my cooloing system (which i WILL do when i get back to abilene.) i just dont want to drive 400 mi. with it runnin that hot. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" /> it is a sbc 400 w/ turbo 400 tranny.

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Old 10-11-2002, 01:46 PM
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Joe.
Dont know what all youve done so far, but heres my oppinions.
1. Make sure you have a 6-8 blade fan
2. Move it as close to the radiator as you can without hitting it.
3. Make a cheapo shroud out of alluminum or an old shroud itself.
4. make sure the coolant is fresh and full.
My car was running 225 after 5 minutes at idle and a 1/2 mile drive. After replacing the 4 blade fan with a 7 blade one and using an adaptor to move it about 3 inches closer, it idles and runs at 175-180 for as long as I let it. Goodluck, Hg
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I agree totally! That's worked for me too.
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ok, well i also called my rommie and he suggested something to me, i think it's called "water wetter"? any comments or suggestions, pros or cons about that stuff?
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Redline makes Water wetter and GUNK makes a product called LIQUID KOOL that seems to work well in my hot running Pontiac(210-220 degrees) in Houston as well.
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just run the heater full blast as this will help it to run cooler,yes it will be uncomfortable but you wont over heat.
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i had the same trouble with a 350 in a 49 chevy. i had the radiator rebuilt, it still ran hot, not boiling. my friend which runs the parts store where i buy said change the water pump. i told him i put a new one on when i built the engine about 1000 mile back. he said put this pump on it. presto she ran cool. Dennis said you can't tell how deep a mud hole is looking at it from the top. lol
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If your running 200 degrees, and it's staying there. That's what some sbc run at.
Some guys are saying run different fans. If your going 50 to 55 fans will not help. Shroud will help. If your running hot in traffic then look at the fans.
You might check your timing. running lean will run hotter.
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thx to all. i took some of your suggestions and it ran 180-195 all the way back. The Good Lord gave me very unusually cool weather as well. 50 degrees instead of 90 degree weather really helped too. now i just need a few more miles on it before i can rip into her. thanks again.
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