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283 cooling question

Post by QuickChange » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:08 pm

1959 283 (Flywheel forward): there is a straight brass pipe fitting with a 45 degree tee between the engine block and exhaust manifolds on the front side of the engine. One side has a pipe plug and the other side has the temperature sender. Being raw water cooled, the engine runs at about 65-70 degrees instead of the normal 140 ish. I have seen a faucet type valve on these fittings before, and think that someone placed a re-stricter to slow down the water flow thus raising the temperature. I cannot find any CC parts for this valve.

Also, I see there was a thermostat housing available that would do the same thing, but again, no part numbers.

Problem is the engine is too cold to run properly. Comments or suggestions??

John Whitcomb
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1959 Chris Craft 18' Capri
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Re: 283 cooling question

Post by WoodenRookie » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:42 am

1959 18' Continental "Knot Yet"
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