Re: ED Fairmont Test drive! Dickey gauge or worse.
i'd be pretty sure its the gauge if it was the motor you'd know
check the oil,coolants,etc did you?
if it was as hot as you said was there any overflow happening etc?
cars are a lethal weapon,your not invinsible when you get into one,and no matter how much skill you think you have,you are never in control you are always on the edge of death it may not happen today but if you keep driving like you do,you too will end up dead!