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curt
09-16-2006, 11:20 AM
I found a 192 degree F thermostat in the President. It never ran hot but did rise to 8/10 of the way to hot at 65+ MPH. Well, I did not put my new 160 thermostat in. I did drop it to 180 Degrees F. Should this be OK? It seems to me to drop 32 degrees to an OEM 160 thermostat would be too big of a change. It is a 1955 President with a 1963 block. I must say this baby had one excellent heater with the 192 F stat in! Any one have any coments about the PROPER degree thermostat??[?][?][?]

41 Frank
09-16-2006, 12:09 PM
Back in the old days when these cars were used in everyday driving is was common practice to change thermostats from 160 in the summer to 180 in the winter. As most of us just drive our cars in the summer months I have 160 degree stats in all my studes. Nowadays the newer cars use 192 because that is sometimes recommended for them.
190 was used back then sometimes if your heater was not hot enough in the winter months. 160 might help your heating up problem and should not hurt the engine in my humble opinion.

41 Frank
09-16-2006, 12:09 PM
Back in the old days when these cars were used in everyday driving is was common practice to change thermostats from 160 in the summer to 180 in the winter. As most of us just drive our cars in the summer months I have 160 degree stats in all my studes. Nowadays the newer cars use 192 because that is sometimes recommended for them.
190 was used back then sometimes if your heater was not hot enough in the winter months. 160 might help your heating up problem and should not hurt the engine in my humble opinion.

jimmijim8
09-16-2006, 12:09 PM
I'm running a 180 in my Hawk with air with no problem on hot summer days this year. jimmijim

jimmijim8
09-16-2006, 12:09 PM
I'm running a 180 in my Hawk with air with no problem on hot summer days this year. jimmijim

CHAMP
09-16-2006, 02:53 PM
The 160 works foe me. Gives good heat in the winter and doesn't run hot in the summer!:)

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

CHAMP
09-16-2006, 02:53 PM
The 160 works foe me. Gives good heat in the winter and doesn't run hot in the summer!:)

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

dclewallen
09-16-2006, 05:04 PM
On the topic of thermostats. In my 232 V8 with the 4-bolt thermostat housing I found that a Ford FE big block thermostat fit so thats what I used. Now that I'm changing to a later style water pump manifold for my 232 to 289 project I was wondering if there is a thermostat from another make of auto that is a direct fit for a 289 [2-bolt housig]? I ask because I'd like to use one of the new Moterad Failsafe [I think thats the name] thermostats. These are thermostats that in the event it sticks, it sticks in the open position. This sound like a great idea. Thanks,

Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

dclewallen
09-16-2006, 05:04 PM
On the topic of thermostats. In my 232 V8 with the 4-bolt thermostat housing I found that a Ford FE big block thermostat fit so thats what I used. Now that I'm changing to a later style water pump manifold for my 232 to 289 project I was wondering if there is a thermostat from another make of auto that is a direct fit for a 289 [2-bolt housig]? I ask because I'd like to use one of the new Moterad Failsafe [I think thats the name] thermostats. These are thermostats that in the event it sticks, it sticks in the open position. This sound like a great idea. Thanks,

Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.