Join Date: May 2020
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Hey everyone, new to the Chevelle community and this site. I purchased a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 with a 454 engine recently so I am trying to get caught up. The car has been great and fun to drive around town but I am unsure whether I have an overheating issue or not. I am in Louisiana and the temperature has been in the 80s pretty much all day, every day. The real reason I'm here—when driving the temp creeps up to 200 and stays around there until I stop, or move slowly, then it will get around 220-225. Once I start moving down the highway or road, the temperature will go back to around 200.
I have a fan shroud, new mechanical fan, no AC, and the temperature sender is screwed into the heads (suspect it's higher than actual). I plan to move the temp sender cable to the thermostat housing Sunday. I read somewhere (here maybe?) that the temperature sender should not be wrapped in Teflon or pipe dope, is that true because mine currently is?
The real question is my Chevelle running too hot? If so, what are some things that I can look into? I have a 180 degree high flow thermostat coming in tomorrow, so I plan to change that then.
If y'all need anymore information I can provide it. Thanks in advance.