<VV> Oil temperature?

Robert Marlow, Vairtec Corporation vairtec at optimum.net
Wed Oct 25 15:16:10 EDT 2017

Ahh, the benefits of driving a stock Rampside.  No oil temp gauge, no 
oil pressure gauge, no manifold pressure gauge nor tachometer nor 
ammeter nor altimeter nor coolant temp gauge.  No lane departure warning 
and no automatic braking.  Although it does have an in-dash navigation 
system:  There is a map in the glove compartment.

Just a speedometer and a gas gauge.  Nothing else is necessary. Drive 
and enjoy.

(Okay, to be serious, my engine is deflashed and clean, and the oil 
cooler is a 12-plate with end plates.  All shrouds in place and 
thermostats are in working order.  GM designed it to survive under those 
conditions and with the appropriate oil it does just fine.)


On 10/25/2017 11:33 AM, Jim Simpson via VirtualVairs wrote:
> For what it's worth, I have a '66 turbo with an oil temp gauge sender
> installed in the back of the block.  That puts it near the top of the oil
> in the sump -- normally that's the hottest point in the oil.
> The engine has the standard oil cooler with end plates plus Otto Parts oil
> pan and valve covers.
> It's not a calibrated gauge, just one I purchased 20 years ago from Clark's
> so I can't vouch for its accuracy.
> That said, the oil temp gets up to around 240 in local driving including on
> the highway.  On longer runs at highway speeds it will edging toward 250.
> I don't think I've ever seen it hit the 260 mark.  (The gauge is marked
> 100, 180, 220, 260 and 340 so any reading is only approximate.)
> I use Mobil 1 synthetic oil, 10W-30 and as Seth says, it should be fine to
> 300 or so.  I've not seen any indication that the oil is breaking down.
> The oil pressure is stable.
> So if you are worried about oil temps, switch to a synthetic and relax.
> Jim Simpson
> Group Corvair

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