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Hot Rods SBC overheating...yes I've tried almost everything!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 55panelwagon, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. Not magic ..just adequate radiator, and air flow through it.
  2. Fordy Frd
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 89

    Fordy Frd

    Interesting reading thru all of this. I had heat issues in my '48 Ford Coupe as well sitting and idling, at highway speeds the temp was only 160*! I changed out the high flow thermostat to a standard 180* unit. Changed the fan to a 6 blade steel fan, found that the flex fan was quite noisy. But by far the best thing I did was install a fan shroud! Now temp stays around 180 - 185 all day, city or highway. Just my 2 cents
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  3. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 22,671


    Gasoline horsepower and electric horsepower are not rated in equal fashion.
  4. skip57
    Joined: Sep 8, 2012
    Posts: 13

    from md.

    Thank God I did not have to read 15 or 16 pages of crap!!!!!
    Yes I read all that came up 8 pages.
    Set your timing at the max advance as you were told.
    All you need now is an automatic control for the puller fan. And a over flow catch can so you don't puke antifreeze.
    Your engine runs at 195 deg. if your puller fan & rad. can't maintan that you may need a larger Rad.
  5. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 27,516

    Staff Member

    this must be fixed now as the vehicle is for sale on ebay......
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  6. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,370

    from Burton, MI

  7. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,176

    jimmy six

    Just passing on a problem....ill just ignore anything from 55panelwagon from now on..
  8. I thought it was still torque over time.
    What's the conversion factor ?
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  9. Ignored
  10. Or not fixed....
    Last edited: May 5, 2017
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  11. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,257


    The HAMB ought to get a commission soon the sale.
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  12. 55panelwagon
    Joined: Apr 28, 2017
    Posts: 62


    The problem is fixed and I do appreciate all the help from you guys. Just found out I have to pay a large chunk of change for nursing school next semester so I have to sale the panel. I am glad you guys could help me out as I would've never figured it out on my own. Life happens and selling this to pay for nursing school is more important for my son and I.

    Once again, thanks for all the advice and helping me solve my problem. I still believe this is a great forum and I'm sorry if by me deciding to sell my vehicle that has made you guys mad. Thanks again.
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  13. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 721

    leon bee

    It's a nice truck, kinda wish it was mine. Got too many other projects waiting.
  14. 55panelwagon
    Joined: Apr 28, 2017
    Posts: 62


    Thank you!

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  15. jeffd1988
    Joined: Apr 12, 2016
    Posts: 537


    Hopefully you get another one soon. Or something. But life happens. Good luck. great thread and yes I should read all details lol.

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  16. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,176

    jimmy six

    How was it fixed? Or which idea worked?
  17. 55panelwagon
    Joined: Apr 28, 2017
    Posts: 62


    I removed the fan that was incorrect for the reverse flow water pump. I added a high CFM electric fan, changed the thermostat and radiator cap as suggested, burped the system of air, and added an overflow line.

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  18. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 8,630


    Good to here, now we can put this thread to rest, finished, sold, done, nothing more to be said!!!!!
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  19. I bought a car, wouldn't warm up (in the winter), finally figured out that the previous owner had mixed antifreeze. He had added green to pink. At that time the mixture had a chemical reaction that ate up the plastic H2O pump blades. Drained & put in fresh antifreeze = problem solved.
    Good luck.
  20. 32pdx
    Joined: Feb 23, 2012
    Posts: 3


    Unintentional post, deleted.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2017
  21. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,773

    from Ks

    I won't come see you with a temperature. Lippy
  22. Look at how the air under the hood behaves, it's got to come in thru the radiator not over the top of the core support, and exit thru the rear of the fenders there should be a metal piece from the top of the core support to the hood to prevent hot air recirculating back in front of the radiator and clear open area for the air to exit at the lower rear of the engine compartment.

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