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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-10-2002, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thermostat question

when I switched my stock intake on an amc 360 the other day to an edelbrock performer I never took the thermostat (or that is what I think it is) out of the stock inake to put it in the new one. I just put that neck and gasket on. Did I ruin anything by just running the water through? isn't its purpose to let water in when it gets hot. please let me know. thanks Mike
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Re: Thermostat question

First, don't reuse the old one. Get a new one, they are cheap.

Doubtful you did any damage. A lot of people run them without a thermostat. Makes 'em run nice and cool, ON THE GAUGE. Problem is the block runs hotter. The water runs through too fast to absorb the heat without some restriction. For race cars, they make restrictor discs to replace the thermostat.
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Re: Thermostat question

If your running straight water in it and don't put in some antifreeze soon you'll eventually need a new water pump. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
It doesn't need a thermostat to run but it does need one to get the engine up to operating temp. to evaporate the condensation out of your engine block. Can you say sludge?
There are more reasons than that for having one but I figure that should be enough. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Thermostat question

You can use water with an additive that prevents corrosion and lubes the pump. That'll cool better than water and antifreeze.
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Re: Thermostat question

Stant (factory temp. spec.) stainless steel HD truck something or other....just go to a Puke(pep) Boys or a good auto parts place and ask.
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