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Old 10-07-2012, 12:21 PM
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Over heating Flattie

I am having ocassional over heating problems with my flathead engine. If I drive the car when it is cool things seem to be better but if I drive in weather hotter than 76 degrees she wants to over-heat. Flathead Jack suggested years ago to do away with vacuum distributor and go with either electronic or dual point. I went with electronic. I still experience the ocassional over heating problem.
I was talking to a couple of old friends at a car show yesterday who suggested I retard the timeing by two degrees. Another said I should get a heavier duty radiator cap. I am running a seven pound one now with over flow bottle. Even the over flow bottle is over flowing. Since the neck for 51 Ford radiator is one inch deep one cannot find a cap heavier than seven pounds. I have been told I should get the radiator cut down to receive a 3/4 depth neck cap. Any suggestions?????
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