Classic/Antique Car Repair/1955 ford fairlane

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The car runs hot at low speed and or stopping at red lights. The car was restored about 5 years ago. The 272 cubic inch engine has always run a little hot. Freeway driving is just fine no problems temp is around 180-185. I added a after market a/c. The car has been changed to a 12volt system.

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This sounds like a fan problem to me. When we added air to these cars back in the day we also added a high pitch heavy duty 5 or 6 bladed fan. If the car is equipped with a clutch fan that could be a problem as well. I have gotten into the habit of installing electric fans on these older cars equipped with A/C. I leave the belt driven fan on as well and set the thermostat on the electric fan at about 200 degrees F.Mount the electric fan in front of the A/C condenser to push air through the condenser.

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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

Experience

Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

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Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

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More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

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Moto Award winner. And much more.

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