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Old 07-06-2016, 10:24 AM
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You might want to pull the t-stats, disconnect the hoses and fan belt, then run and look for bubbles inside the thermostat housings. Something isn't right if it runs 180 without the 180 T-stats and heats with them in, maybe an internal crack or leaking head gasket.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:55 AM
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Maybe start with testing the T-stats in a pot of water to see if and at what temp they are opening up???
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:07 AM
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Maybe start with testing the T-stats in a pot of water to see if and at what temp they are opening up???
Yeah, I am fairly certain it's a t-stat issue. I am going to run it without them for the summer and revisit installing them in the fall. I am done with antifreeze clean-up and gasket scraping for the time being.
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:50 PM
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Beautiful job on this truck. Very inspiring!
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:45 PM
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I am starting to think my truck is cursed. It's been one issue, after another, after another... Generator was squeaking so I brought it in for repair. Then I was having overheating issues with the 52 flathead. I would drive it a couple miles and it would be at 230-240. I replaced the thermostats (180s) and it still overheated; I put in a new 3-core aluminum radiator, 6-blade fan, shroud, fan spacer, new Speedway water pumps and it still was too hot (220). I took out the thermostats and it runs at 180 now. Don't know how it will be for longer distances, but for now it is good and it runs much better. When I pulled it in from my successful test drive, the brake lights were stuck on. I just ordered a new stop light switch. I can't imagine what will prevent me from driving it next; I don't think it's destined for the open road!

I have had difficulties with the re-pop switches, I keep on in the glove box just in case. Also I have had the lights stick on when the brakes were to hot one time, being new there was little room for expansion to the drums. I was using DOT 5 brake fluid which does not handle heat as well as the others. Changed that out and the problem was solved.

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Old 08-15-2016, 10:31 AM
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I drove the truck to a car show for the first time yesterday. It was about 20 miles away from home on a sunny 85 degree day. Absolutely no issues on the way there or home! I won a trophy! I need to find a shut off valve to put on the block for the heater. It would have been a much more enjoyable drive without the heat in the cab from the heater.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:43 PM
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Congratulations! You must have been sweating bullets with that heater circulating.
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Here and congrats on the trophy, you deserve it!
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I am starting to think my truck is cursed. It's been one issue, after another, after another... Generator was squeaking so I brought it in for repair. Then I was having overheating issues with the 52 flathead. I would drive it a couple miles and it would be at 230-240. I replaced the thermostats (180s) and it still overheated; I put in a new 3-core aluminum radiator, 6-blade fan, shroud, fan spacer, new Speedway water pumps and it still was too hot (220). I took out the thermostats and it runs at 180 now. Don't know how it will be for longer distances, but for now it is good and it runs much better. When I pulled it in from my successful test drive, the brake lights were stuck on. I just ordered a new stop light switch. I can't imagine what will prevent me from driving it next; I don't think it's destined for the open road!
I'm feeling the same pain about having a seemingly cursed truck. I keep telling myself that if it was easy, I wouldn't be learning anything. You've done an amazing job with yours - WOW!

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Old 08-16-2016, 11:32 AM
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Here and congrats on the trophy, you deserve it!
Thanks for the link! I am ordering it today. Looks like I will be draining the radiator once again. Wish I would have thought about getting the shut off a month ago. Hindsight is 20/20.
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Thanks for the link! I am ordering it today. Looks like I will be draining the radiator once again. Wish I would have thought about getting the shut off a month ago. Hindsight is 20/20.
You're welcome and yes, I have to do the same thing.
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