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Old 07-11-2012, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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69 impala-overheating and lots of play in steering wheel

Hey everyone, I just purchased a 69 impala for a new project car. However, this is my first project car. The impala will climb up in temp when just driving across town. A mechanic said to take out the thermostat and that should keep the car running at an good operating temp. also, the steering is really loose, is there a way to tighten it w/o going to a shop? as far, as the excessive heat climb, are there other parts i should check along with removing the thermostat?

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check fan clutch if you have regular fan, with car off see if fan turns with a little push, should have a good amount of resistance. Also after car has been running or driven across town check radiator, again with car off place hand on radiator if you have any cold spots you might have a blockage. Also test to see if you have proper water antifreeze mix.
Not sure where you live but I would not leave thermostat out of car
Not sure about steering but check tie rods, ball joints and other steering linkage.

69's are very nice cars have fun with it.

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You can test to see if the thermostat is bad by running without it for a bit; But, Thermostats are pretty cheap. Just buy a new one. It wont hurt anything to have replaced it, and it might fix the issue.

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A good tip a old time mechanic told me was to drill a 1/8 hole in the thermostat.

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A good tip a old time mechanic told me was to drill a 1/8 hole in the thermostat.
Or just get one that opens sooner.

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check the radiator to see if there a lot of scale build up on the tubes,swap out the t stat,if u have a clutch fan, bring motor up to operating temp (ur case be careful lol) then turn motor off, the fan should only turn about 2 times and stop, if it keeps turning more then its shot. check all the front end components,check the rag joint (the coupling between the steering box and steering column ) if the str bx is bad get a good rebuilt one,theres good ones in the hod rod magazines, or send urs out to them for a rebuild if u want to keep it all original. damn 69's are sweet wish i had one..

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