OK, I've had a problem with the BGT overheating for some time. I drive
about 25 miles one way to work. The car starts and runs fine, about 4-5
into the drive it hits 200 degrees..190 degree thermostat, aftermarket add on
temp guage I ASSUME is correct.
In the next 5-10 miles it bounces around 200 to 220 degrees, and for the
last 5 miles pushes 230+. I end up coasting down hills to keep it under 220
until I get to work.
I thought maybe it was a timing problem. So I bought a newly rebuilt
distributor and installed it yesterday. I tried to be careful and keep the
orientation as the old distributor that had been set at 11 degrees BTDC. The
car started well, and ran great, but in less than five miles was bumping
I have an appointment with a radiator shop to build me a new radiator,
perhaps with more rows, and to move the pusher electric fan to a puller
But he can't get the car in until the 23rd of October.
By the way, I've noticeds a quirk in the electric fan. As I pull up to park
and turn the engine off, I can hear the fan start up...as if it has not been
running until I stop. Also, the temp probe for the fan is at the bottom of
the radiator. Wouldn't it be more accurate at the top?
TIA for any helpful suggestions.
Robert B. Houston
73 MG Midget
b&Reminds me of my safari in Africa, somebody forgot the corkscrew and for
several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. W. C Fields
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