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Old 05-15-2004, 10:45 AM
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The motor has 1686 miles since the build, but was completed in 1999. I believe it has fossil fuel, smells like it anyway. I will stick with fossil fuel oil and the filter that is on it now is a Fram FP13, is this o.k.?

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Old 05-15-2004, 03:25 PM
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Sorry, the fram filter was a PH13. Anyway, I just changed the oil and installed a 190 thermostat, there was none before. Our weather today is cool, 60's and overcast, but I took it out for a 5 mile drive at 30-45mph (had to recycle my oil) and the engine ran at 210-220 from start to finish. I think I'll replace the sensor and see if that has any effect on the temperature.
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Sorry, the fram filter was a PH13. Anyway, I just changed the oil and installed a 190 thermostat, there was none before. Our weather today is cool, 60's and overcast, but I took it out for a 5 mile drive at 30-45mph (had to recycle my oil) and the engine ran at 210-220 from start to finish. I think I'll replace the sensor and see if that has any effect on the temperature.
I've been following this post. Your water temps seem to be the same as when you started. Where do you have the sending unit mounted? If it is in the head the temps you are seeing are 'normal'. Mounting the sending unit in the head will show temps 15-20 degrees higher than if the sending unit is mounted in the intake manifold.
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At least one benefit of running the engine a little hotter is that the iron will wear less. But with your compression ratio I would want it running as cool as I could get it. A water injection system may be nice too, and cost effective if you can step down in the octane rating. Make sure the timing is not too advanced - keep it at a spot that is streetable and will not mess up the engine with pump gas.
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O.K., first, the temperature sensor is in the right head, for what it's worth.

I just got back from a short drive. Started in town 20-30mph, stop and go for 4-5 miles, on to the backroads, 30-40 for 10-15 miles, then on a main road for a 60mph, 10 mile run, then back through town. The temperature runs 210-230 pretty much constant. I got on it hard when I got on the main road and the temperature shot up to 235, but as soon as I slowed to 50mph, it went back to 220. The guage seems to bounce betweeen 210-220 for just about all driving speeds.

Should I consider this normal and quite thinking I need to change the pump?

One very cool thing about this last drive, I found a real air hose, hooked to a real air compressor and my rear air shocks moved at least 1 1/2" with a proper fill! The rear wheels aren't rubbing over ever little bump now. They still rub on the big stuff, but I'm o.k. with that!
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O.K., first, the temperature sensor is in the right head, for what it's worth.


Should I consider this normal and quite thinking I need to change the pump?

Yes that seems 'normal' with the sending unit mounted in the head.

I'd still swap to a conventional water pump though. If the electric pump goes out you will be 'dead in the water'.
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If I swap the electric pump for a mechanical pump, should I use a high output pump or standard?
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You really need to ask yourself what you intend to do with your car. If you'll mainly be driving it on the streets, you may want to consitter building a more street friendly engine. Now you know you could always sell the engine you have for some nice coinage.
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Too Much Engine

You can purchase a thermostatic control for the electric fans from and speed parts outfit. Mount the sensor on the radiator, (I epoxied mine to the top of the tank above the upper inley hose after scuffing the area down to bare metal). Run the wires as per instructions and you can forget the manual switch unless you want to run the fans when the motor is off. W/B
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If I swap the electric pump for a mechanical pump, should I use a high output pump or standard?
I would run a standard pump.
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