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Re: [Spridgets] Water temp question..

To: Glen Byrns <grbyrns@gmail.com>, bubba22987 <oldsaabguy@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Water temp question..
From: Kirk Hargreaves <khargreaves2@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:22:40 -0700
Cc: spridget list <spridgets@autox.team.net>
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I went through fits running high temps.  My radiator looked to be in good
shape in terms of not being dirty, closing off the flow, etc.  In hind site
it must have been compromised to some degree.  I also had three Sprite
radiators at the time and none of them would keep me cool in summer temps.

I wondered if the Brit radiators are simply not fit for hotter California

Sitting on my driveway was my sons Suzuki Swift that he stopped driving.
The car had some electrical issues that we could not track down.

I gave the car to our "Bugzuki" builder fellow lister, Larry Miller, who
came up from Salinas (I think Salinas) with a trailer and I kept the
radiator for my 59 Sprite.

The radiator fit right in place and it has since kept my temps just above
my thermostat rating of 160 degrees, no matter how hot outside or how long
I idle at a stop light in 100 degree plus summer temps.  Simply wonderful.

I have been told that the radiator I am using is the same found in the Geo

I attached the electric fan to a thermostat under the hood to turn on at a
certain point.

Of course for those of us who are purists the car is no longer stock . .
but I have also changed out many other components as well.

59 1275

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM, Glen Byrns <grbyrns@gmail.com> wrote:

> Did you say you timed it by ear? Retard the idle timing until it only just
> runs, or better still, whip out the timing light. I would bet on too much
> advance.
> Glen Byrns
> > On Sep 22, 2014, at 1:33 PM, Ewing <oldsaabguy@comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks for all the input so far!
> >
> > I left out the info that this is a 1275 bored over to a 1380.
> >
> > I plan on checking timing this evening and am going to look for Bubbles
> and
> > Trixie as well.. then I'll check the radiator smell.. ;-)
> >
> > I am leaning more and more to the radiator flow volume.  Is there a way
> to
> > check that?  Remove the lower hose and see how fast it drains?
> >
> > If no joy on that front then it's the combustion tester for me to rule
> out
> a
> > head problem, (bad head gasket, crack, etc).
> >
> > Thanks as always guys,
> >
> > Lester
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