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Old 05-27-2008, 08:57 PM
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I built a mid-80s 302 with a mid-60s two barrel manifold and carb. Problem is the hole for the temp sender in the manifold is very small, not big enough for the mechanical (bourdon tube type) temp gauge I bought. There is no other tapped hole in the manifold to use; can I put it in a tapped hole in the thermostat housing? It will fit there, but will be on the radiator side of the thermostat, not the engine side. Will it make any difference? Thanks

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I built a mid-80s 302 with a mid-60s two barrel manifold and carb. Problem is the hole for the temp sender in the manifold is very small, not big enough for the mechanical (bourdon tube type) temp gauge I bought. There is no other tapped hole in the manifold to use; can I put it in a tapped hole in the thermostat housing? It will fit there, but will be on the radiator side of the thermostat, not the engine side. Will it make any difference? Thanks

Mike

The difference is that you won't get an accurate reading if the therostat isn't open. Unlike an oil pressure sender, the temp sender needs to be immersed in the flowing coolant to get an accurate reading. Adapters that raise the sender and cause a "dead end" for flow won't provide an accurate reading.
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I've done that before with good success. Thermostats don't typically seal well at all, so the water pump pushes enough water past them that the water in the neck is very similar to what's in the block. If you want to help it, drill a 1/8" hole in the stat flange.
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