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Re: Hot thermostat

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Indiana Ken

12-31-2013 05:44:45

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A 3/64" hole is pretty small. Certainly it will eliminate those pesty air locks when filling the system but the bypass flow is not significant. Consider that flow is a function of cross sectional area. It takes 7, 3/64" holes to equal 1, 1/8" hole or 16, 3/64" holes to equal 1, 3/16" hole on a cross sectional area basis.

Yes, covering the radiator in cold weather is a good idea. I run my 8N with a piece of cardboard that covers most of the radiator. Of course the cardboard comes out as soon as the weather warms and for heavy work.

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12-31-2013 08:50:12

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 Re: Hot thermostat in reply to Indiana Ken, 12-31-2013 05:44:45  
Careful with the cardboard blocking the rad. If the fan is loaded and unloaded as it rotates. The blades will flex and on occasion break.

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12-31-2013 16:35:16

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 Re: Hot thermostat in reply to buickanddeere, 12-31-2013 08:50:12  
Very pro-found observation concerning covering the fan. Typically I block the entire area in front of the fan, plus some, simply to block enough air to get heat into the engine. In the future I will be sure to watch how the fan is covered.

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