I have a 66 C10 with a 350 with a radiator mounted fan but no fan blades on the motor pully is this enough air for the cooling?

Asked by Apr 28, 2013 at 09:22 AM about the 1966 Chevrolet C/K 10

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

just bought this truck and it ran great untill lately it seems when the engine gets to running temp or after about 5 miles or so the engine starts to run and idle ruff any ideas?

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...if you're sitting in traffic, this bad boy WILL overheat, that;s what those silly fan blades are about. Obviously you haven't got air conditioning...I had one of these, the six-cylinder was replaced with a Chevy 400, steering was difficult (really needed power steering) the gas tank was sized for the 6 (was too small)....you could screw around and remove the thermostat, but really needs to come up to operating temperature to run correctly....go to the junkyard and pick up a new/used old c/10 pickup fan blades....don't be lazy, this IS important. You can't count on freeway driving constantly and will be stuck without air flow and will overheat...such a silly thing will cost ya, if not tended to~

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If the electric fan is a large one and they put in an adjustable fan thermostat and it is set properly then you should not have any problem with overheating, this sounds like a custom engine install and and they may have installed a different style radiator so the fan shroud for a stock pickup of the year most likely won't work. As far as the rough running at operational temp it could be the carb, it may just need the air fuel mixture adjusted or if it is an older carb it may not have been modified with the ethanol resistant internal components, ethanol is reeking havoc with the older fuel systems. I would recommend using something like Sta-Bil in the fuel and use the marine blend it really helps with this garbage we have for fuel.

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both my sixty six Chevies had problem with the rear differential (pumpkin)...get some pumpkin shims...you'll need them~

engine has to come up to operating temperature 195....anythings else will confuse the combustion process~


"the engine starts to run and idle ruff any ideas?" -- check the choke. It might not be opening when the engine warms up.

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Does it have aftermarket in line fuel pump? If so is it fed with long lengths of rubber fuel line or old rubber fuel line? Have seen rubber fuel line collapse under pressure of in-line fuel pumps. Would crank and run good for a few minutes then would starve for fuel and run and idle rough. We replaced with hard fuel line and problem went away.

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no dandyoun it's a '66~ low pressure mechanical pump driven off the camshaft~


Well we upgrade our old motors with electric fuel pumps. Thought he might have too.

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electric fuel pumps are a FIRE HAZZARD if not properly wired

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