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Author Topic:   Thermostats Should we or Shouldn't we?
irace74
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posted February 10, 2002 07:51 PM
For many years we have operated our small block Chevys with restrictors in lieu of thermostats. Our luck has been good but, on alky, many evenings, the motor runs below optimum temperature. Should we our shouldn't we use a thermostat?


powercar821111
Member
posted February 10, 2002 08:14 PM
Has anyone ever done a dyno test on playing with the oil temp. I have heard that the oil temp is the only temperature that should be higher to make more power. That if the water temp was down to 110 or so, it would make more power if the oil temp was up to optimum temp. What does anyone think about this? As for the thermostat, I have never used one with alcohol, but we use a small radiator to help heat the water up. your temp should run higher with a bigger restrictor.


dirtracer14
Member
posted February 10, 2002 08:59 PM
I have run a therastat for 3 years and had real good luck with em. I run a 160 and it keeps the motor at around 180 all the time. I did find that the cheaper stats were out so i allways used the stainless ones. Hope this helps


neverenoughbrew
Member
posted February 13, 2002 06:10 PM
Use restrictor and electric fan only under long cautions. Run 185 all year round.


George Gilliland
Member
posted February 14, 2002 03:41 PM
I run a 160 deg thermistate with a couple of 1/8" holes so that it is easy to get the air out of the system. Otherwise it does not warm up fast enough to suit me.


car73j
Member
posted February 27, 2002 01:05 PM
quote:
Originally posted by irace74:
For many years we have operated our small block Chevys with restrictors in lieu of thermostats. Our luck has been good but, on alky, many evenings, the motor runs below optimum temperature. Should we our shouldn't we use a thermostat?

I HAVE RUN A THERMOSTATE FOR 20 YEARS WITH NO PROBLEMS LIKE ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE ON IT

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