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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:26 pm 
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I've had some vapor-lock issues with my '55 Firedome. In an effort to cool things off, I decided to use a 160 degree thermostat. I removed the old one and tested it in a pot of water with a candy thermometer. 63 years old and still works as designed.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermostats
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:29 pm 
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I ordered a 160 degree Stant #33026 which was advertised as a replacement for a '55 DeSoto. It did not fit; too big. Wrong part in box? I don't know.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermostats
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:35 pm 
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I checked with another vendor and he measured a Stant #13926 for me and it looked like it would work. Under $7 including shipping. It fit and it works. Of interest is that with the new thermostat, the bypass is always open, unlike the original, where the bypass closes as the thermostat opens. The new one is sort of a compromise, but seems to work OK.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermostats update
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:17 am 
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Over ninety on Sunday so I went for a nice drive. Stopped by a friend's house and parked in the sun. After a little visit, it cranked right up. So the one sixty thermostat has seemingly solved my vapor lock problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Thermostats
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:31 pm 
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Thanks for the update! Glad to hear there are workable solutions out there.

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