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    Thermostat - Use one or forget it.

    Should I run a thermostat on a 350sbc? The engine runs in the 200+ range and I'm nervous.

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    Are we talkin race car here? If so, I run without. Having a stat makes them hard to cool below stat rating.....200 degrees is really nothing to get nervous about though.
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    what do you have in it ? If it is a 160* put a 180 in it and it will help slow the water down.

    Also add a airdame under the radaitor support.
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    Ditch ut and go with restrictors

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    I run race motors with no stat. Stock motors with a stat. And performance street motors with a restrictor. And I agree 200*- 210* is nothing to worry about. JMO

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    Thanks all. It's a race motor - so no thermostat. Not sure what a restrictor is.

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    take a old t/stat and cut the middle out,the part that moves, that is a restrictor
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    Quote Originally Posted by montecarlo84
    take a old t/stat and cut the middle out,the part that moves, that is a restrictor
    X2. Thats what I did with mine too with no heating issues. Kinda nice after I shut the motor down to leave the fans and water pump run.

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    I always run one, 200 at the traps, 160 back to trailer!! Mine cool's down pretty quickly :!: :!:


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