Winner of Worst Thermostat Story™ revealed!
When I bought my car in 2000 it had a faulty thermostat which was fixed the following year. All was fine until this year, where I have had the following wonderful experiences...
* Themostat siezed shut. When I went to start the car to let it run, the temperature would go up and up, and was heading into the red zone when I had to turn it off. Time for a new thermostat.
* $24 or so later, I had a new Tridon thermostat, this time dual-acting. I went to start the car, but it was running so cold that no matter how long I let it idle, it would not go into the normal zone.
* I thought my lucky break came when the local Ford dealer was selling dual acting Motorcraft thermostats for $5 each (I was told their normal price was $40!) so I bought the last 2 they had. I went today to put it in, despite supposedly fitting 'Most 6 cyl Falcons from 1988', it is too small, and the weird gasket thing makes no sense whatsoever.
I'm thinking I should just apportion more money to fuel when (sorry, if) I get the car on the road and have no thermostat whatsoever. :sook:
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S