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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:51 pm 
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have radiator water pump & thermostat installed on my big block ( 1980 Malibu) is it ok to fill the block through the temp guage hole in the intake manifold...and add remainder of coolant to the radiator


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:20 pm 
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i don't think you did.
you can,The block itself holds just over a gallon.it might take a while but you can get it through there.are you concerned about filling the radiator and waiting for the t-stat to open?

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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:11 pm 
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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:10 am 
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i like to drill a 1/16 " hole on the side of the thermostat of a street engine to let air escape through for easier coolant filling and circulation. I remove the guts of the thermostat altogether on a race engine.
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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:59 am 
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At that point I would just fill it through the radiator and let the air purge out through the gauge port.

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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:11 pm 
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prairiehotrodder wrote:
i like to drill a 1/16 " hole on the side of the thermostat of a street engine to let air escape through for easier coolant filling and circulation. I remove the guts of the thermostat altogether on a race engine.
Brian


I do the same exact thing \:D/

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