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12-01-2015 15:57:35

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I have a 53 super h and was wondering what the proper temp thermostat should be. Put in a new temp gauge but the needle never moves, just wanting to make sure everything is right before using it too heavy and that the engine is cooling. Any info greatly appreciated.

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gene bender

12-04-2015 10:35:31

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 Re: Thermostat in reply to Red24/7, 12-01-2015 15:57:35  
Have you put a therm to check temp those enines dont warm up on the guage till worked heavy.

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12-02-2015 17:02:19

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 Re: Thermostat in reply to Red24/7, 12-01-2015 15:57:35  
you have to work them heavy to get the temp. gauge to move into green on any of these old tractors in these series. soon as you stop and idle for a bit you will see the temp come down. 95 percent of them do not have thermostats as they are a tractor meant to be worked. idling around doing chores does not get it warmed up enough. if you want it to warm up just get a cardboard the size of rad and cut a round hole about 12 in.and adjust to weather.in it where centre of fan is. round hole is too prevent fan wobble and even airflow.but since this would be going the out side of the grill it is not critical.only when covered directly on rad. but if you have shutters you can use them instead. appears like ih depended more on shutters than thermostats. and also running cold it fouls the plugs and then the plugs get blamed for causing misses. if you pull a plug and its black with carbon that is proof that your engine is not run at operating temp. you want a brown tan color on the plugs.

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12-02-2015 14:13:34

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 Re: Thermostat in reply to Red24/7, 12-01-2015 15:57:35  
I have an H with working shutters, which are mostly closed when temps are below 50 F. Gauge goes to top of cold mark. With a load, it will go a little higher. Find some working shutters; it will solve the problem.

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12-01-2015 17:37:37

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 Re: Thermostat in reply to Red24/7, 12-01-2015 15:57:35  
The bypass opening around the thermostat is too big (by original design) IH never considered the efficiency gain of having the engine at a common 180 degrees or so. The design can be modified by putting a restrictor in the passage, or making a stainless steel gasket that has a 1/4" hole where the passage is located. Jim

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12-01-2015 17:24:20

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 Re: Thermostat in reply to Red24/7, 12-01-2015 15:57:35  
In the winter, sometimes in the summer, yours is normal. It will not go into the green area unless it is loaded.

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12-01-2015 16:17:13

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 Re: Thermostat in reply to Red24/7, 12-01-2015 15:57:35  
Same thing on my 1950 H this afternoon, just driving around in 32F air, and temp gage moved up to the 170F range ONLY becuase I had the air flow totally blocked off. Have a double-layer of heavy red fabric blocking off the air in front of radiator. Otherwise the gage'd hardly move. See if you can block off the air, evenly so you don't put sideways thrust on fan. Run her, see if she heats up.

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