<VV> Oil temperature?
hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk
hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk
Wed Oct 25 16:47:44 EDT 2017
Indeed, simplicity is a virtue! But I bought a Monza a while back, and
there were some gaps in the cooling shrouds that I'm sure shouldn't have
been there. Driving it back on a hot Florida day I could tell it was
getting very hot - it was pinging more & more when you tried to
accelerate and smoking. Stopped to cool off a couple of times & made it
ok - an oil temp gauge would have been useful though.
On 2017-10-25 12:16, Robert Marlow, Vairtec Corporation via
> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> I don't think I've ever seen it hit the 260 mark. (The gauge is
>> 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
>> The oil pressure is stable.
>> So if you are worried about oil temps, switch to a synthetic and
>> Jim Simpson
>> Group Corvair
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