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Old 04-22-2005, 08:16 AM
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yes i just bought a crate engine and droped it in and if it just sits there and idles it will overheat in 5 to 10 minutes can anybody help me with my problom?

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I'm assuming that this doesn't happen when your are driving it since you said it happens when it's idling. Did you check to see if your fan is working properly?
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yes i just bought a crate engine and droped it in and if it just sits there and idles it will overheat in 5 to 10 minutes can anybody help me with my problom?
Recheck your timing. It is more than likely retarded. Set it with the vacuum advance hose dis-connected and plugged to a starting point of 10-12 degrees BTDC at idle. Re-connect the vacuum advance hose and adjust your idle speed if required as it will go up if your vacuum hose is connected to the full vacuum port.

A second possibility is that you are running very lean.
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Give us a little more background information, type of vehicle, water pump, t-stat ect.

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Those 'know it alls' at Boyde Covington had the same problem and discovered that they had an air pocket in the water jacket...suggest you try without any radiator cap and see if it does not need fill up. I hate that show so if it don't help so much for those idiots.
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I imagine they shipped it dry. You probably need to bleed the system of air. Like was said, take the radiator cap off and let it run. Once the tstat opens the water level should drop. Fill it back up and let it circulate for a bit to get rid of the air pockets.

Good idea to check timing as was mentioned too. And make sure your oil is at the proper level.
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Did I miss the make , model and size of the crate engine that is being discussed?

The size of the radiator , cooling fans, thermostat ?
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What I did, was drilled an 1/8 hole in the thermostat before I filled it. That lets all the air out of the block.
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install a "RAY-dee-ay-tor"
plumb it to the pump
fill it with "WAH-tur"

should fix you right up amigo
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