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  1. Went on a run today organised by https://www.centre81.co.uk/events/. . We’ll organised and over 100 entries and well worth supporting . We ended up by going in convoy along Gt Yarmouth front but it was nose to tail making very slow progress with frequent stops for close to 30 minutes . The weather was mid 20’s and there were a few casualties with overheating. My Vitesse mk2 has an electric water temp gauge and the normal range is 82 to 92 then back down . Today temp went up to 115c finally went back to 110 as the pace picked up a bit. Arriving at the parking area my Vitesse engine cut out and refused to start probably due to fuel evaporation . I did try using the heater and blower to cool things down but not sure how much this helped My newbie question is was 115 safe and what could have happened . I keep the expansion plastic bottle about half full and this will need topping up as it currently about 1inch from the bottom of the bottle, checked when the engine had cooled down Paul
  2. Triumph Vitesse Mk2 Planning to venture further afield this year with the potential of traffic jams as some motorway travel is expected . Ive completed all the necessary overhaul ie Replacement Radiator, Heater Matrix, Hoses, stainless pipe connecting to heater, water pump, thermostat , heater control , standard box filter with extension tubing through to front grille. So far not had an issue with overheating and temp reading is approx 82 - 92 on the dial . My question is assuming i am in a slow moving traffic jam do I keep the engine running , switch off ? My thoughts were that in a long tail back I could open the heater control as this would provide temporary water cooling and then with the blower ( now a Nisan Micra motor ) draw the heat from the matrix - Is this practical or a waste of time . Any input welcomed Paul
  3. Two parts to this question: (1) I've just had some wiring fixed around the Kenlowe electric fan (on my 1977 Spitfire 1500) and I'm wondering if the electrician has set it up to kick in early enough - the temp guage now shows just over three quarters before the fan kicks in. It then runs until the guage shows just below three quarters. It used to kick in just above half way on the guage and that was good for peace of mind. But maybe it's fine for the engine temperature to sit at around three quarters? (2) When I was in traffic yesterday I tried to dissapate a bit of heat by opening up the heater in cabin, but then I realised I don't REALLY know how the heater works - for the left knob the labels from left to right are "CAR DEFROST FULL MAX OFF" "Defrost" and "Off" are pretty obvious, but the others are more ambiguous! Can anyone elighten me?? (The other knob on the right is obviously just a temperature slider!). Cheers!
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