Originally Posted by Mhegel
The temp gauge was topped out when I turned it off. However it has a new radiator from the 289 HiPo and a 2300 cft electric fan that I have hooked up to a manual override toggle switch on the dash that I just leave on all the time except in the morning when it's warming up
unfortunately, if your fan is chinese than it is not 2300 cfm.
if your rad is a std 2 row bit is too small . if it is chinese it is likely too small.
the cap may not fit properly.
it got hot because your brakes were dragging . . fix the brakes and it should not run hot unless you possibly blew a head gasket or something.
if your brakes were smoking, the shoes are likely toast.