Hey all. Just a quick question, and a quick story.....
1. WHat's the difference between a 160 degree and a 180 degree thermostat
besides 20 degrees? i.e. which should be used when? And when I went to
change mine, I found that the DPO didn't have one installed. Is this
indicative of overheating problems?
2. The quick story. Spent the weekend working on the car, getting ready
for Moss' Britfest. I decided that the valve cover should be painted. So i
take it off, and paint it. WHile it's drying, I decide to use the time and
get some other things done. To make a long story short, I finally got
around to putting in the 180 degree thermostat i bought (only one the store
had). Open the spot where it goes and .... whoosh antifreeze spills right
down the #1 valve connecting rod (I think that's the term). Now what, I
rush to put the thermostat in and get the water out, when I drop the lock
washer for the thermostat housing. Plink, right into the hole where the
connecting rod goes. Now what the hell was I to do. An hour later, and a
long #12 solid copper wire with a little hook on it with the help of a
mityvac to get the antifreeze out, and I was saved from removing my first
head. Folks, it just doesn't pay to screw around doing anything else with
that valve cover off. Lesson learned.