>When the weather was cool the indication on the temp gauge of my 74
>Spitfire was normally around the center mark. Now that the weather has
>warmed up the indicator is normally at the mark just below the Hot mark and
>sometimes in traffic its even slightly higher. Is this about normal for
>these cars in warm weather, or should I start looking for a problem? If
>there is a problem should I start by looking at the thermostat, radiator
>cap or water pump? The cooling system has been thoroughly flushed, but I
>did not boil out the radiator. Would it be ok to run without a thermostat
>in the summer? Will an oil cooler give much help?
>At this higher temp the car stalls. It does this mostly on acceleration,
>but it has occurred at constant highway speeds as well. To me it acts like
>a fuel starvation (vapor lock) stall. However, a recent thread on the
>newsgroup indicates it's the coil that failing. But, I noted that the
>person who posted the original message (Erik) replaced his coil and it did
>not solve the problem. Where should I start, fuel pump or coil?
>Thanks for you help. I really appreciate it!!
>Barry H. Adams
A local British mechanic (over 25 years) has a good answer for temp needles
over the half way mark;
Me: "Hey Mark........my temp gauge is running about 3/4 ers. Do I have a
Mark: "Is your rad boiling over"?
Mark: "Then ya got no problem"!........"Smiths gauges are marginal at best":-)
1967 GT6 Mk1
"Why do you own 3 Triumphs?".........because I can't afford 4!
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