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Projects Remmember the trouble i had with 56 buick thermostate?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bruce Fischer, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. I wasn't sure if it was opening in my 1956 buick PROJECT station wagon lol. Well I found an original 56 thermostate in my buick pile of parts .I checked it a pot of boiling water and it opened at 185 so I poped it in. Then drove it up my mountain drive way a couple times to get her hot. The gage read close to 190 and I slowly opened the cap and could actually see the water moving finally. Now to finish the body work. She still seems all over the road and that scares me .I don't know if its the 20 year old tires or if i might have to rebuild the whole front end. I don't want this beast going in a ditch. lol. Bruce.:cool:
  2. Olderchild
    Joined: Nov 21, 2012
    Posts: 476

    from Ohio

    you can go any where with this one from low tire pressure to wore out every thing for, piece of mind i would take to a front end shop that you can trust
  3. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,093


    20 year old tires could very well be doing it and in any event, are unsafe. Rubber deteriorates and 20 years is way past their usefulness. Save yourself from an accident and put some new tires on it!
  4. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,852


    New tires and get the car aligned!

  5. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,108

    Dave Mc

    Control arm Bushings , tie rod ends , Tires , and the list grows on , Frontend has to be inspected and aligned . Gotta keep us all safe out there
  6. summersshow
    Joined: Mar 3, 2013
    Posts: 899

    from NC

    Well you know your going to have to replace the tires so start there and see how everything else feels...
  7. diamond dave
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 459

    diamond dave

    yeah. tires definitely. ive seen some pretty new looking, old tires come apart and cause lots of damage to vehicles. I was just happy that nobody was seriously injured.
  8. Oh i agree with you all about the tires it was just a short trip down the back road for a test drive, but , i will start with the tires and go on from there.Thanks for all the input guys .Bruce.
  9. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,546

    from Missouri

    The luck I have had with thermostats I wont put one in without checking it first.
  10. Salt flats. I tested the 1 st one in a pot of boiling water after taking it out of the buick the 1st time and it didn't open till 195 degrees in the pot. When I put it back in I wasn't sure it was opening. The one I found in my buick parts opened at 185 degrees in the boiling pot of water and installed that one .It must of opened because I see the water moving pretty good now. Thanks Bruce.
  11. summersshow
    Joined: Mar 3, 2013
    Posts: 899

    from NC

    Thermostats? Who really needs them anyway?
  12. flopalotofit
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 130


    OL school trick was to drill a small hole in the thermostat...makes them so much easier to fill without all the boilover -refill syndrome. the hole lets all the air escape and fill the block completely.
  13. I might have to pull it out 1 more Bruce.
  14. I will.Thanks Big Foot.Bruce.

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