OK update: voltage regulator on back side of cluster was bad. Replaced, but now some of the wires on the back of the cluster are not showing continuity. So I ordered a new wiring harness that should be in next week. The old harness looked good so I used it, but that was a mistake. All the other wiring in the car is brand new.
Ryan, in my experience, that radiator/shroud/fan combo should keep it plenty cool. Is the fan pushing plenty of air? If so, a fan in front is only going to restrict the air. If not, then maybe your clutch fan thingy is faulty (technical term). If that's ok, then maybe this engine needs a bigger, better radiator.
My Motto - Don't get Caught! If you do, Blame Someone Else!
After doing some research and talking to my Ford dealer back home who let me use one of his shop lifts to put the running gear on a couple years ago (has it been that long!), I am going to check the coolant system for an air bubble, then will probably replace the thermostat, check the distributor advance, double check to make sure the fan is on the right way, check the head gaskets, may end up pulling the water pump and then have a large shot of whiskey.
Brand new items: Radiator 3 core 24 inch reproduction big block radiator, high flow aluminum water pump, Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake, mild cam from comp cams, new fan shroud, new cobra jet style 16 inch fan and new fan clutch (fan clutch was working), new radiator hoses,
Rebuilt: distributor rebuilt and re-curved slightly for more power according to what the FE forum guys all recommended, engine tanked, bored, balanced.
So the car has been ready to bring back home for a couple weeks, but the only people I know I can trust to help me fix these issues are back home as I don't have a full mechanical style shop and I am by myself up here. I need to make sure everything mechanically is good prior to coming back up to the Kansas City area. Then I can finish all the other little things that always get in the way.
Overheating issue - air in the system, flushed the system today - also the temp gauge reads a little warmer than actual temps with a mechanical guage.
Exhaust manifold at pipe leak - the nut worked a little loose and it tightened up OK - not sure if this will happen again.
AC expansion valve is on its way, should have it fixed next Monday when I can get down there again.
Oil leak - upon further running the engine it appears to be the rear of the intake as before. last time I put a lot of RTV at the back side edge before putting the intake back on. Not sure what else to do, but I am fairly frustrated with it. I will ask Dale my ford dealer that helped me with it last time.
OK, will try the silicone again, last time I used the gasket all the way around except at the back, there I used silicone. Will give her another go.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try again.
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