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#16 CraftsmanGT OFFLINE  

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Posted February 20, 2020 - 08:46 PM

Thank you everyone for the great advice. The temp gauge just needs a new sending unit. The hotest it got according to my temp gun was 215f. After pulling both valve covers and the belts off I've got the tick narrowed down to cyl #1. I'm deciding on what route I want to go with a new radiator. The one in it was put in a month before I bought the car 2 years ago. I've read that an 02-05 ford explorer radiator bolts right in. I'm gonna throw a new thermostat in and new hoses once I get a radiator then go from there with an oil change. I've heard STP means "Studebaker Tested Products"
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Posted February 20, 2020 - 09:37 PM

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Posted February 21, 2020 - 06:47 AM

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Posted February 21, 2020 - 09:09 AM

Thank you everyone for the great advice. The temp gauge just needs a new sending unit. The hotest it got according to my temp gun was 215f. After pulling both valve covers and the belts off I've got the tick narrowed down to cyl #1. I'm deciding on what route I want to go with a new radiator. The one in it was put in a month before I bought the car 2 years ago. I've read that an 02-05 ford explorer radiator bolts right in. I'm gonna throw a new thermostat in and new hoses once I get a radiator then go from there with an oil change. I've heard STP means "Studebaker Tested Products"

Nice looking car.

 

Looking up the rad for a 66 Polara 383 and a 2002 Ford Explorer V8 they look a little different and while it might "bolt right in" I doubt if the one for the Explorer would have the same cooling capacity.  Could be that someone put the wrong rad in it before and it didn't have the capacity to cool the engine properly - just an observation.

 

Rad for 66 Polara 383 - 6.3L  https://ecat.spectra.../products/CU332

 

Rad for 02 Explorer V8  https://ecat.spectra...products/CU2342

 

Is the temperature sender just a single terminal unit like this ?  https://www.napaonli...perature sender


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Posted February 21, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The new radiator might work but a good original radiator will out last the new plastic and aluminium ones.  It it has the original copper radiator have it fixed.  The new radiator have such thin metal that if you hit it with anything you can put a hole in it.  I know this because I've done it.  


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Posted March 26, 2020 - 08:33 PM

I figured I'd update everyone. I got a new reproduction aluminum radiator. Everything bolted right up and went smoothly. I also got a new temp sender, thermostat, and valve cover gaskets. I changed the oil and subbed a quart with marvel mystery oil. With in 10 minutes of driving the lifter tick has gone away and the engine is running nice and cool. I went on a 150 mile drive today and no harm seems to have been done. Coolant stayed full, oil still at the full mark.

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Posted March 26, 2020 - 08:46 PM

Glad to hear the great news!! No major damage done 👍
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Posted March 29, 2020 - 02:23 PM

That is good news.  Glad to hear.  


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