my 79' spit hovers @ aprox 1/2 indicated...unless it gets real cold out...
say below 40f.....even on hot days above 90f, at speed (60-80mph), it seems
to hover right
around 1/2.....with the spit being a small & "intimate" auto...i can feel
heat, smell the fluids and become aware of the overheating sensation by
"feel"...then, one quick check of the temp gauge and sure enough...gettin
(last time it was due to a leaking water pump gasket)...richard / colorado /
----- Original Message -----
From: Ben Bacon <Ben@HEI-KC.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 11:53 AM
Subject: Engine Temperature
> I'm a fairly new spitfire owner having purchased a 79 spit in non running
> condition two months ago. I've been driving it for about two weeks. I've
> noticed that the engine temperature gauge usually runs towards or at the
> third tic mark (3/4 hot ).
> This seems a bit hot to me but don't know what's normal. Air temp is 95+
> degrees F. and speeds at 60-70 MPH. It does not go above the three
> mark. I've taken the thermostat out which has had no effect on temp. Is
> this normal or do I need the have the radiator rodded or cored.
> Also, I'm averaging about 25 MPG which seems low. I've adjusted the
> needle as lean as it will go, but it still seems to run rich. Carb is a
> Stromberg 150, needle is a 45P. There appears to be some wear on the
> needle. Any suggestions.
> Besides the above two problems the car is in good shape (now).
> Ben Bacon
> Paola KS.
> Ben@hei-kc.com <mailto:Ben@hei-kc.com>