While I'm deciding what my next move is with the K5's engine, I figured
I'd address the less important things.
My A/C works, but not well. Part of that is the fact that the K5 has a
lot more interior room to cool/heat compared to a pickup, but yet has
the same A/C and heating units.
Since moving further away from town, I have a much longer commute than
I did, and since traffic in the Atlanta area is truly horrendous, I
spend a lot of time in stop-and-go traffic--even on the interstate.
I don't run the A/C lately because my truck is running a little hotter
than I'd like to see. I popped in a 180° thermostat the other day and
topped it off, but it's still running hotter than I'd prefer. Gonna
try a 160° 'stat. I know that running the A/C will only cause it to
run hotter, and the stand-still traffic keeps it from doing much good
I was curious if changing over to dual electric fans and 86-ing the
belt-driven fan would increase my engine cooling abilities while
helping the A/C out when I'm at idle. I know that for the A/C to work
to it's full potential, it needs to be able to dissipate heat properly,
and it can't do that very well when the truck is sitting still in 95°
What about louvers or vents in the hood? I've read that they can make
quite a difference in reducing the temperature under the hood.
Would a combo of hood venting and electric fans help out at all?? I
feel that it'd help the engine cooling for sure, as well as free up a
I'm gonna have to pull the fan and radiator anyway when I do the cam
swap, might as well upgrade some other stuff while I'm in there.