i bought the car as a not-running project. as in, had a 454 bare block mocked-up in it. i have the 305 block, but i'll give it to you to use as a boat anchor. so i have no idea what normal operating temp was.
i have a rebuilt 350, .030 over, melling cam, 230/230, .480/.480, performer RPM man, 1" spacer, holley street avenger 670 cfm, iron heads med. porting, gasket matched intake and exhaust, flowtech afterburner headers, 1.6 roller and bearing rockers, electric water pump, elec. fuel pump, elec fan, HEI dizzy, msd 6al.