How hot should a 304 run and 195* factory thermostat?
I've started driving my jeep a lot now that I'm pretty much done with my trans swap and it's getting a little hot at times.
For those that don't know it's a '74 CJ5, stock 304, stock looking radiator with a made in 1995 sticker, no fan shroud, clutch fan, new 16 pound rad cap to replace the 13 pound that was on there. I live at 6,500' and get up into the 9,500'+ quite often.
How hot should it run? I usually run in the 180-190* range around town/ on the trail/ at idle (though I don't usually leave it running). Driving 65 to 70mph on the flats or getting on it going up passes in 90* weather it will climb up to 225*. On a 2 track climbing up to 9,500' in 2nd gear it will also creep up to 225*. The parts store and quadratec both say it should have a 195* thermostat in it, is that right? How hot is too hot? I know the newer FI jeeps run at 210* but how hot should a CJ with a carbed V8 run?
I bought a 160* t-stat today and ordered now rad hoses to replace the dry rotted stockers and will pick up belts when the hoses come in. My belts are tired/ one is too wide. I'm going to whip out a fan shroud on the plasma table in the next couple days.
Am I on the right track to getting temps in check? I know the lack of a fan shroud and worn out loose belts are things I should get taken care of before I even start worrying.