Drill hole / THERMOSTAT?

Myles

Myles

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Jun 17, 2011
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Hey guys,

Trailor car/ Drag strip only, should i drill a hole in my thermostat I'm about to install?

355sbc 9.5:1 not more than 375hp.
Has a big OEM style 4 core rad from another car, brass tanks. I have a new 160 thernostat to install.

I want to run cool, but more importantly dont want temp to fluctuate too much.. so I can run my numbers.

Jegs electric water pump and fan on toggles.

Please let me know what you guys do,

I broke in the cam with no thermostat, just a medium size moroso restrictor.. wasn't the best idea. 2500rpm break in was sitting at 205 degrees, but then again I only had water in the system at that time.

Thanks
Myles
 
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bracketchev1221

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Jan 18, 2018
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If you are installing a thermostat in a small block with an electric pump then yes drill a hole in it. The bypass for the thermostat in a small block is the extra hole on the one side of the water pump mount. Most pumps do not have a provision for this. Look into a Stewart high flow thermostat. They already have the holes in them and flow much better.
 
TURNA

TURNA

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Jul 24, 2009
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#3
The Super Stants thermostats also have the hole pre drilled.

Advance Auto Carquest brand thermostat is a Super Stant.
 
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lilbowtie

lilbowtie

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Ditto the others.
 
spicercars

spicercars

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#5
Yes X3
 
ssn696

ssn696

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Get a high flow Tstat. I drill three 1/8" holes around the inner perimeter.
 
motorheadmike

motorheadmike

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#7
Just leave it out and hardblock the engine... because race car.
 
lilbowtie

lilbowtie

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Just leave it out and hardblock the engine... because race car.
Wouldn't advise that - as a racer you want to come to the starting line at the same temp every time as one more part of being consistent.
 
motorheadmike

motorheadmike

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Wouldn't advise that - as a racer you want to come to the starting line at the same temp every time as one more part of being consistent.
Yeah I was being sarcastic.

Cold is consistent, right?
 

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