Re: Running a vehicle with an engine notorious for overheating?
Has anybody mentioned thermostat removal? That's a HUGE help in getting the car to run cooler. Our 325 ran cold the whole time at our events. Probably messed with the fuel maps (too rich) on account of what the coolant temp sensor was telling the ECU (running cold), but so what.
I also disagree about the mech. fans. The mech. fans with the viscous clutch are typically not operating at high rpms anyway- the usually only engage when idling, where the heat makes the clutch engage. Even though the Fbodys are bottom feeders (shocking how many GM cars are bottom feeders on account of styling superseding proper cooling) there's nothing wrong with getting postive airflow to the radiator at the front of the car by whatever means possible. The vent in the 90's firebird nose was lprobably quite effective, no?
And anyone who thinks a bulky mech fan is better than the thinner, more flexible, flat electric fans in the event of some contact, you're NUTS!