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  • Phantom overheating

    At our recent chapter fun day I put a little over 100 miles on the '64 Daytona convertible. I hadn't driven it more than 15 or 20 miles at a time before. It had always run cool. But, on this trip the temperature gauge needle went almost to the top even at moderate speeds on a 70-degree day. It didn't boil over though. I had contacted the PPO (previous, previous owner) on some questions about the car. When I mentioned it running hot he told me it never ran hot for him. He suggested that maybe the temp gauge was wrong. So, yesterday I went down to move the car- hadn't been run in a couple weeks. Sure 'nuff, when I turned on the ignition, it went to about the 3/4 hot position. So, do I suspect the sender or the gauge (or is there somthing else that could cause this mis-read)?

    [img=right][/img=right][img=right][/img=right][img=right][/img=right][img=right][/img=right]Paul Johnson
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

  • #2
    quote:Originally posted by 53k
    (or is there somthing else that could cause this mis-read)?
    The only other thing I can think of is that the car was on fire at the time.


    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA


    • #3
      Paul; my thought is: that if the needle goes below cold when off, and goes up to 3/4 when turned on the gauge works. The sender is bad or the wire is grounded on the block or has a bad connection.

      Studebakers Northwest
      Ferndale, WA
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner