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Re: It's alive....53 3100, 216
Crowbar65 #1411239 Tue May 25 2021 12:41 AM
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Congrats! The only better feeling is watching it MOVE ON ITS OWN POWER!! Keep goin'!


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Re: It's alive....53 3100, 216
pan3lman #1411511 Thu May 27 2021 01:41 AM
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Originally Posted by pan3lman
Congrats! The only better feeling is watching it MOVE ON ITS OWN POWER!! Keep goin'!
That first ride clearly trumps the all be it awesome first start.

Re: It's alive....53 3100, 216
Crowbar65 #1413174 Tue Jun 08 2021 08:28 PM
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"Water not stay in the radiator long enough to cool..." Old wive's tale. The racers up the flow rate as much as possible to reduce hot spots within the engine. I've run with no thermostat and it never got above 140. I run mine over the mountains (5600 ft.) in the summer and found the 180 is too hot. Engine is noisier when it's hotter. 160 seems just right. I no longer drive it in the winter because the state is now using de-icer on the roads so I just leave the 160 in year round.


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Re: It's alive....53 3100, 216
1Ton_tommy #1413189 Tue Jun 08 2021 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 1Ton_tommy
"Water not stay in the radiator long enough to cool..." Old wive's tale.

A little math quickly dispels that notion. If your coolant flows slower through your radiator dissipating heat, it also flows slower through your block and heads, gaining heat. Your engine head temp is around 400 degrees, or 220 ABOVE the ideal engine coolant operating temperature of 180 degrees. Ambient air flowing through the radiator is approximately 80-100 degrees (depending on the weather), or 80 degrees LESS than the ideal engine coolant operating temperature. 220 degree gain versus 80 loss - the slower the coolant flows, the more it will heat up.


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