Re: a small loss of pressure.
Very well might have been why my stock radiators would not keep my engine
cool. They were way off the chart into overheated territory.
More than what would be expected just because they were designed for a
But I am happy that the situation caused me to pirate the radiator out of
(I hear that the Type E cooling system can be difficult. That it must be
maintained to the max or it will radically overheat).
On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM, bmwwxman . <email@example.com> wrote:
> Pressure is important. If there is the tiniest leak somewhere in an older
> radiator they will overheat. Its like when you have a cracked radiator
> hose. The problem then isn't so much that it is leaking coolant but that
> it can't maintain the pressure it was designed for. PV=nrT If "V" volume
> is constant then (your cooling system) then "T" temperature varies directly
> with "P" pressure. Can't tell you how many times I've had overheating due
> to a pin hole leak in pressure! Replaced my Midget radiator with a Spanish
> made one. Took the old one to a radiator shop I know and they put pressure
> on it. It wouldn't hold pressure very long even at atmospheric temperature!
> On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM, Kirk Hargreaves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> 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
>> 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 <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > Did you say you timed it by ear? Retard the idle timing until it only
>> > runs, or better still, whip out the timing light. I would bet on too
>> > advance.
>> > Glen Byrns
>> > > On Sep 22, 2014, at 1:33 PM, Ewing <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
>> > 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
>> > 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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