short : What temp should this engine be running at? (80+ degree weather, driving on country roads)
long: I got this beast running and didn't really worry too much about temp. Took it for a nice long drive with some highway to stretch its legs (after city driving for a few weeks). The overflow filled up and sprayed boiling coolant everywhere, so I pulled over and got towed.
After inspecting things, I see that my belt was slipping and pump wasn't spinning. this all makes perfect sense, but now I'm on edge. I replaced my alternator and belt and snugged it all tight.
I have no guages right now (trying to decide whether or not to go original or new). So I bought one of those caps that go on the radiator.
Driving on a hot day, I'll get a little bit of fluid into my overflow, but it doesn't fill up like that horrible day. The radiator cap will sit between 200-220.
Does that sound ok for temps? Seems hot to me from a bit of research, but people allso say these radiator cap guages show hotter. I have no idea.