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Old 06-02-2012, 09:16 AM
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I KNEW I had seen a temp gauge drawing somewhere here on this site....

Click the link and read the first post. Then click on the second attachment in that first post.

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Old 06-02-2012, 09:36 AM
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But that's only accurate for that guy's gauge, I think these gauges have been rather inconsistent, likely more so after 50 years.

Mine generally runs between the M and P, when it's full of coolant. It also slowly seems to loose coolant somewhere and the gauge will start to creep up. I'm thinking some engine work is in order, at least a top end rebuild, but I'm trying to watch the fluid levels and enjoy it as long as I can 'cause I can't spend the $$ right now.
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I am still waiting on my 6 blade fan and shroud to come in. However, yesterday I tried advancing the timing because I was getting some backfire through the carburetor when stepping down fast on the accelerator. Not only did advancing the timing fix the backfire but it also dropped my normal running temperature about ten degrees.
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Well, at least you found the problem. The re-builder should not have released the car with the timing out of spec...
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I am still waiting on my 6 blade fan and shroud to come in.
I just ran across this for 58-60 Birds:
http://thunderbirdsouthwest.com/inde...n-shrouds.html

Shroud is $179.00 and 6 metal blade fan is $66.50.

I don't know if that is the going rate elsewhere or not.
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Well, at least you found the problem. The re-builder should not have released the car with the timing out of spec...
I do not know who the rebuilder was. I bought the engine from a private party who had it rebuilt but never installed. The engine had sat in his garage for a number of years. I traded a local garage some of my legal services to install it in my Bird, I think they set the initial timing at factory recommended 6 bftdc, however with the cam that is in the engine it needed to be advanced quite a bit more. I do not know what cam it has, but it has a nice lope and the car really runs strong since the timing adjustment.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:01 PM
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nice work!!!

For anyone interested, you can buy a digital readout, infrared temperature reader at Harbor Freight and other places. Just point and check. Here is one:
http://www.harborfreight.com/non-con...ter-96451.html for about $40

It occurs to me I have used it for:

* getting real values for engine temp (agreed the stock gauges can vary for many reasons)

* finding places with poor flow

* monitoring my woodstove

* even diagnosing a case of cellulitis!

Good, quantitative information is always potentially valuable.

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