59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Question

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59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Question

Post by triton_750 » Wed 29. Sep 2010, 14:39

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Need help on my diverters. My cylinder block thermostats do not protrude the block like the ones i've seen on the pics in this forum. They are flush mounted inside the block. Can anyone help me find out the differnce between them? I have been looking for replacement diverters to fit my 59' 430 cid.

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Re: 59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Questio

Post by KULTULZ » Wed 29. Sep 2010, 14:40

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Two Styles of Block Thermostats
There were two different styles of block thermostats and this is covered in a 1958 LINC-MERC Service Bulletin. They are interchangeable. The problem is that the block thermostats are no longer serviced as LINC deleted them in early/mid sixty production. They are not necessary for normal operation. The diverters are.

Read this thread in it's entirety;

http://www.network54.com/Forum/message? ... 1093058276

There is complete information contained in past posts on this forum if you are wondering about the purpose of the design.

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Re: 59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Questio

Post by hwp » Sat 11. Dec 2010, 14:05

What's up with the block thermostats? I see several posts saying they are not needed, other say they are? Also, has anyone found a source for these thermostats?

KULTULZ, I couldn't read the link you posted - it was in Asian.

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Re: 59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Questio

Post by Theo » Sun 12. Dec 2010, 13:10

There are many who successfully run their engines without the diverters.
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Re: 59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Questio

Post by Theo » Sun 12. Dec 2010, 13:26

I have just imported the old thread Kultulz was redering to. Please read here
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Re: 59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Questio

Post by hwp » Sun 12. Dec 2010, 14:25

Thanks for the link.

I was specifically asking about block thermostats, Diverters are currently available from a number of sources including Baker's Auto ($110), Lincon Land ($115), Lincoln Parts International ($125) and Classique Cars ($148.50) + S&H.
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Re: 59' T-Bird w/430 Diverters and Block Thermostats Questio

Post by Theo » Sun 12. Dec 2010, 14:57

Oups, I'm sorry. My wrong, I confused the diverters w. the thermostats. Off course the diverters are needed. Many haven't noticed any performance draw backs when not using the two small block thermostats. To my best knowledge those have been discontinued. I have no other information on those but you might try a search for old lincoln parts dealer.
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