Hi everyone. Hope you are enjoying the rain and the Ryder Cup as much as me ! Got a serious overheating issue. Advice needed please ! I live at the top of a very steep hill that is about 1 and a half miles long. Have to stay in 2nd the whole way. Yesterday, returning from the garage, I took the hill on for the first time as there are alternative [longer] routes that arent so severe - but I gave it a go. Bad idea. Engine overheated and then there was a smell of buring and then thick smoke started oozing into the cab. I was almost home so kept going and then opened the hood and thankfully no engine fire ! BUt the overheating is a big worry. I will def have to put it back into the garage, but I would like to know the standard operating temperature on these older vehicles as I am so used to driving a modern car. After merely a few minutes, the gauge is up to 100+. Its worse when idling, and can drop to 80 in a few seconds when I am cruising on the flat - the gauge fluctuates a lot in short timeframe actually. Can I have some 'standard' pointers / temp levels please for a good functioning cooling system on my type pf vehicle (Hymer 1984 2.9d [409d]) Im thinking thermo / fans / head gasket - in that order - is the problem. Am i wide of the mark ? THANKS !!