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Ford capri 1.6 Pinto OHC, over heats, top hose very hot, bottom hose only warmish to touch, is it thermostat or water pump

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Top hose should be hot !! bottom hose should be cooler as the water has travelled down the radiator and been cooled by the air intake/viscous fan

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Wow a pinto i worked on these engines in ford dagenham UK many moons ago ,thermostat has gone and it on teh front of the engine at the top ,just follow the top hose back from rad and their is a housing with two 13mm bolts holding it on ,

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