My mechanic (an Alfa specialist in whom I have total confidence) decided to take the thermostat out, when installing the 3.0 in the 156.
When I asked him why, he said that this way the engine temperature would always be on the cool side...
If I would race the car, or use it as a track-day car, I would totally agree with him, and would have no problem what-so-ever in taking the 'stat out. The thing is, I don't race the car, I use it as a "normal" (if you can call these cars normal
) street car.
So my question here, to you knowledgeable folks is, should I put the thermostat back in or not?
I must confess I'm very tempted to putting it back in, because when I get stuck in traffic the needle goes up, up and I don't want to see it go away...
PS - I live and drive in central Portugal and the temperatures have been pretty high as usual for this time of year.