MontanaKeller

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  1. MontanaKeller

    1962 F85 Propeller Shaft

    Thanks kid442 and joe! I didn't think that a new drive line would have been a viable option, but I wanted to ask. Thanks for the link to the center bearing and support. I'm not sure what the issue was with the machine shop but I gave them two weeks. Thanks again!
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    1962 F85 Propeller Shaft

    I took my propeller shaft to a machine shop to have it balanced. The guy at the machine shop is having a difficult time and cannot get it balanced. He believes that the center bearing is preventing this. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is it possible to replace the propeller shaft with a one piece drive line? Thanks again!
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    215 Spark Plug Blowout

    I was driving my 62 Cutlass when the number 3 spark plug blew out. (No aggressive acceleration or driving) There a several external methods for fixing this such as Helicoil and Time-Sert. I am concerned about the shaving entering the cylinder. I have read where you coat the tap with grease to collect shavings, vacuum the cylinder, and then flush the cylinder of any remaining debris. Looking for the right fix and not the right now fix. Thanks
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    What is too hot for a 215 V-8?

    Replaced the radiator with an "OEM" 3 row radiator. The car is running great and doesn't go above 180. (Even idling in traffic). The water pump never arrived- seemed that nobody had one. Thanks to everyone for their input. Now, it is on to the next project. On a side note- The engine rebuilder here in the valley has a separate tank for aluminum. I believe that it is a citrus based solution that they use. When the block came out of the tank, it was shiny and clean. Bradford's Machine and Balance did a great job with the 215.
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    What is too hot for a 215 V-8?

    1) The IR thermometer is on order. The nearest town that has one in 100 miles away. 2) I could not find a water pump when I rebuilt the engine. The plan was to find one and then replace it. I just happened to stumble across one that was in a warehouse. The pump blades are made of aluminum and can corrode and cause inefficiency. I don't think it is a "magical fix", but it could be a part of the equation. 3) The rebuilt was done by professionals and was tank cleaned. The radiator was checked and cleaned 4) I agree with those that have mentioned that it could be the radiator. I am checking to see if it can be re-cored. If possible, I would like to go from a two row to a three row. 5) Perhaps the timing is slightly off.
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    What is too hot for a 215 V-8?

    Here is an update: Still running too hot during idling. I found a reman water pump and will be installing it this week. Wondering if the radiator is breaking down, and should I have the radiator re-cored. I was looking at replacement radiators and found a couple for $400 plus through US radiator an Be Cool. (Seems steep) What about an universal radiator from Jegs or Summit? Although they would not be a direct fit, it would be close. Any thoughts?
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    What is too hot for a 215 V-8?

    Thanks for all of the great info. The engine was rebuilt 600 miles ago. I had the radiator cleaned and inspected. The fan is a direct drive fan with 6 blades. The runs around 200 degrees going down the road at 55 or 60 mph. The temp will increase a few degrees when climbing a hill. I am considering replacing the water pump. Also the transmission cooler is in front of radiator and see to take up a large area.
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    What is too hot for a 215 V-8?

    Hello everyone- How hot is too hot for an aluminum 215? When idling in traffic, the temp gauge read sometimes as high as 220. I will dump heat by turning on the heater and that drops the temp. There is not a shroud around the radiator but I am looking for long. I have a 180 thermostat in the car but thinking of switching to a 160 when I change the water pump. Would that make a noticeable difference?
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    62 Olds F85 Fan Shroud

    Hey everybody- I would like to find a fan shroud for a 1962 Olds F85.
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    62 Old F85 Hydramatic Issues

    Thanks for the info helfin! It was the sprag clutch. I had the transmission rebuilt and it is running great. So it is on to the next project.....
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    Thermostat for a 215

    Thanks for the info!
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    Thermostat for a 215

    Hey forum, For those that have the 215, which temp of thermostat would be best? In the manual is calls for 170 degrees. At the parts stores, all I am finding are 160 or 180. What thermostat are you running? On a side note, my car does not have a fan shroud. I have looked for the part but I could not find one. Since the engine does not have the shroud, should I consider a fan other than the OEM fan? The temp does go up if I am driving in town. Thanks for all of your help!
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    62 Old F85 Hydramatic Issues

    Good to know- I checked with a guy in Salinas Ca and he quoted me $2900 to rebuild it. $2900!!!!
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    62 Old F85 Hydramatic Issues

    ***Update*** I took the car to a tranny shop. I specifically ask them if they were familiar with Model 5 Hyrda-matic out of a 62 Olds F85. They said "yes" so I had it transported to their shop. They dropped the pan and found bits of clutch material. Now the are telling me that that would prefer not to rebuild it. The ROTO Hydra-matic is a different "beast". I am at a lose of what to do.
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    62 Old F85 Hydramatic Issues

    Bill Sawrey has many of the old BT dealer tools. Here is his email address: toolzguy@bellsouth.net