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Re: WD45 thermostat

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James (MO)

02-18-2002 19:27:22

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I run my 1953 WD at about 160 deg F. Control the temperature by closing the radiator shutters in cold weather and opening them in summer. The engine has "no" thermostat, I just watch the temperature gauge. The auto supply stores are pushing higher temperatures because that's what the newer cars run and their thermostat supply (temp ranges)is limited. At higher temperatures, more stress is put on radiators, hoses, & water pumps.

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02-18-2002 20:41:38

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 Re: Re: WD45 thermostat in reply to James (MO), 02-18-2002 19:27:22  
A WD45 doesn't have shutters and it does suposed to have a thermostat. When I built the motor about 2 years ago the thermostat was bad so I left it out. The problem I'm having is the temp gage never even moves unless I have it in a hard pull (plowing or mowing). Most of the time I just use it for small jobs like pulling a wagon or running a auger so the engine never does get up to operating temp.

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James (MO)

02-19-2002 05:49:37

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 Re: Re: Re: WD45 thermostat in reply to Ty, 02-18-2002 20:41:38  
I definitely would not run it cold. If you are too uncomfortable with the 195 deg F thermostat, maybe your local auto parts store can order one of a lower temp.

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