Sorry, I not mean for my e-mail to sound like an all-out ad for Moss
Motors! I simply included the Moss part numbers for reference so
listers would know specifically what parts I was referring to. I keep
my Haynes manual, Bentley manual, Moss and Victoria British catalogs
handy for those times I feel brave enough to offer advice back to the
list. As you probably know, the Moss catalog has excellent exploded
diagrams (and Tech advice too).
The local auto parts store in my town closed years ago and KMart's auto
department is steadily shrinking. I'm afraid I do go to Moss for parts
a lot simply because I work so close to their east-coast warehouse.
(Much easier to make one quick trip rather than drive around looking for
the least expensive parts...plus they don't ask you what an MGB is!)
Anyway, I would like to say that, whenever I go to pick up parts, the
counter people (Valerie and Rich) at Moss are always very nice and very
Hope that clears things up a bit.
>>> David Councill <firstname.lastname@example.org> 5/28/2004 1:13:47 PM >>>
Not to speak bad of Moss Motors, but I try to only order "specialty"
from them. Meaning that you can find and locally purchase many generic
items at your nearby automotive or hardware store and likely for much
cheaper. Thermostats and pressure caps are two such items (fasteners
another). I remember buying spare thermostats at Kmart many years ago,
it may still be possible. That is because the thermostat is the same
that fits in some American engines, I think it is a common Chevy block.
That must be why I think I have three or four unused still in the
thermostats in the garage spare parts box. They come in at least three
varieties - 160, 180, and 190. I usually run 190 year round but then I
in Montana where temperatures are usually low. Around here, "hot"
would be the 90s (F) with outside temps very rarely going over the
mark and then not by much.
At 12:19 PM 5/28/2004 -0400, Don Vierling wrote:
>I noticed you didn't mention replacing the pressure cap (10 lbs.,
>202-090) on the radiator. Did you replace that? Lack of pressure
>cause it to boil over at a lower temperature. You can also test your
>thermostat on the stove top. Heat the thermostat in a pot with water
>and a thermometer. Note at what temperature (180 degrees) it opens
>and also make sure it opens all the way. I've found more than one
>faulty thermostat over the years. In fact, overheating often ruins
>thermostat, so you might try putting another new one in, just in
>You can also try running without the thermostat to see if that
>eliminates the problem (Moss sells a "blanking sleeve" in case you
>to leave it out #434-135). Last but not least, you could switch to a
>colder thermostat (165 degrees, Moss 434-180).