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Possibly overheating volvo

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Hello all,
I purchased a 67 Volvo 122s wagon in February this year, since then I have been doing some maintenance items on the car. after doing all service measures, oil, coolant, new radiator, hoses, belt, plugs, rebuild distributor, valve adjustment and rebuilding the carbs… etc. it is all together.
However, now the cars temp sensor is showing it overheating while idling for 3 minutes. While driving, it will keep at around 3/4-5/8. We were tuning the carbs and the sensor shot way up but the car itself had no signs of overheating. When idling and revving the engine after it showed it was hot, the temp sensor shot back up to the middle position, almost like it was a direct reaction to tapping the throttle.
I am clueless on what the issue could be, there’s a new thermostat, and the temp sensor appears to be working well when we tested it in hot water.
Any advice is greatly appreciated on how to fix the temp sensor or if there are any ideas on what could cause the spike/quick drop in temperature.
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SW-EM Temperature Gauge Notes

The original gauges are mechanical so they don't really 'shoot up' like an electrical gauge can if you get a short on the wiring. Do you still have the original mechanical style gauge. If so, read through the discussion on the Swedish Embassy site. If you have a retrofit electrical gauge, I would start looking for a short circuit in the sensor wiring. A short to ground on the sensor wire typically causes the gauge to read full scale.
It's a mechanical gauge but it acts as if it is a bad ground. When I hit the gas, the gauge drops down 20-30 degrees almost instantly.

There is nothing electrical happening in the filled thermal system temp indicator, and the indication you are seeing is a function of the improved coolant circulation when you raise the RPMs, and actually rather typical...have you checked all the standard items when there is apparent "overheating" indicated.


Thanks for reference 142G!
Hi Ron, I don't mean to sound like there is an electrical issue in the car, however it reacts as if there would be. For instance, when I am idling and the gauge is at 3/4s- 7/8s on the gauge, if I rev the car for around 1-2 seconds, the gauge drops back down 20-30 degrees. I know that the gauge is mechanical but it truely does not seem possible that a simple rev would cool the engine that much.
Thanks for the help!
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