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Old 11-21-2001, 08:40 AM
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Fresh build so i hope its breakin related but here goes
455 60 over alum e-heads runs to 220 and at about 195 the rad starts puking a mixture of steam and fluid
Running a desert cooler that is 4 yrs old but had it serviced just before the build
NEW Kool flow hi vol water pump, belts hoses, flex fan, 16lb cap and 16" electric fan pushing from frnt, I tried 160,180 and 195 thermostats and veried they opened and shut porperly on the stove with the wifes candy therm (shes still pissed about that)and I added water wetter. At the suggestion of a fellow gear head i ran it a few times at idle with the petcock open and the water hose flowing into the rad. It stayed about 190. Its relatively cool in FL now so i wont be able to drive it in august at all. US Radiator claims the flow design of the desert cooler copper rads are within just a few degrees of the alum rads so IF that is true I cant see ploppin 600$ for the Becool that fits. ( I would have to sleep with the great Dane when the credit card bill came in)The generic fits are cheaper but they do not have both outlets on pass side as ponchos do. I am lost folks. Its like Christmas day and no bateries for the new toy. I can LOOK but i can't PLAY....I REALLY want to play...thanxx

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Old 11-21-2001, 09:27 AM
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overheating is not always related to radiator flow, there is probably another reason it is doing what you say,lean mixture,wrong plugs,bad head gasket, incorrect timing,restricted exhaust, bad wster pump, cracked head, cam timing off,wrong head gaskets, not enough octane. Especially if it heats up that fast and pukes out the radiator I would be looking around the combustion area,one thing is for sure you don't want to overheat those alum heads. keep looking
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Old 11-21-2001, 06:42 PM
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that makes sense because it appeared after I changed intakes. the Victor wouldnt clear the hood so i put the torker back on till i could find a taller scoop. Thanxx to this msg board someone pointed me right to it. I will put things back the way they were and start over. I can keep the hood off till the scoop gets here next week. I appreciate the help and will post the results.
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