This drives me insane. I live in a valley, I need a car that can keep cool in the hills.
'87 Lebaron, '88 T1 engine w/ intercooler. Mitsu Turbo
Recent rad Recore with High-Density core, new water pump, new hoses, brand new (as in today) 180* T-stat with 1/8 hole drilled in it.
Around town?? I'm either 1, 2 or 3 bars (digital dash) over halfway on the temp meter. Today I put the rubber air dam back on the chin of the car and it helped very little.
Out on the flats, temp stays solid at either 1 or 2 bars over half. In the hills?? It runs at the ragged edge of the normal range and has gotten as high as one bar out of normal so that my wonderful talking car tells me to check coolant levels.
Timing is set at 8* BTDC
(I'm running regular fuel) and I've got the wastegate connected directly to vacuum for minimal boost.
This royally chaps my ass as I've had 30 and 35 year old cars that don't pull this kinda crap on me.
Any ideas?? I'm going to completely remove the t-stat next and see what it does.