Thermostat housing

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Thermostat housing

Post by Amfo » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:20 pm

What is the best thermostat housing to get? Got one today at the local auto parts store and it is a flimsy POS of aluminum just, not to mention the bend is wrong on the damn hose barb. I see BAT has a HD cast iron one? Does ford even stock these anymore for a turbo coupe, cougar, etc?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by Paschek » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:05 pm

I bought the BAT one and recently went to install it. I found that the casting did not have enough metal in one spot to machine the recession into, leaving a gap where the thermostat would normally seal against. I ended up having to beat my stock one straight and reuse it. I'll post a picture of the BAT one. Otherwise, it looks like an ok piece.
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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by Amfo » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:07 pm

Good to know...Wish I could beat mine back into shape, but the corrosion wont allow it!
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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by merkurdriver » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:56 pm

I have new HD cast ones on hand ($ 39 ) ...wonder if they are the same piece BAT sells?

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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by Oldmaddog » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:35 am

So far every cast housing I have gotten from auto part stores do not work. Like someone stated above, there not enough material to seal around the thermostat inside the housing. Some were so bad that is would act like there wasn't a thermostat even there, lol. If I still have one of those lying around, I will take a picture and show yas.

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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by Amfo » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:00 pm

Ok...correct thermostat is NAPA Super stat #547095.

Cast iron housing is an Auto zone #814896. Casting is slightly larger than thermostat seal.

For 13 bucks for the casting I guess I will try to sleave it and let yall know...unless anyone has a good used one for sale?
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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by Amfo » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:10 pm

Just found this link about a spacer, but doesnt do me much good. Figured Id throw it up for others-

http://www.hotrodhigh.ca/Housin.html
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Re: Thermostat housing

Post by Amfo » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:10 pm

OK, problem solved-

1984 ford ranger 2.0 liter. Same housing, however the secondarcy outlet line has a slightly different bend. Should be fine.

Cheers gents.
1969 Impala SS 427 Small block (Dart motor)
1987 XR4ti 5 speed

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