Re: Intake temp versus water temp.
Your oil runs at about 230 or so and splashes all over the bottom of the intake so it'll eventually heat soak from that. That's the idea behind the isolated runners on the Air Gap models.
If the intake just has one plate bolted to the side, that's available for heated choke. If your dad was talking about the exhaust crossover, those are the two little bumps on the intake against the heads you see between runners 3-5 and 4-6. On OE heads, there are corresponding holes in the head right there that are connected to the exhaust ports. Intake gaskets come with little plates to install over them to plug them off. You might be able to just pop that heated choke plate off and see if at least that side is plugged. In the Performer line, I think the Air Gap models are the only ones that come with the exhaust crossover eliminated completely.
My car is down for the count right now but with an Air Gap intake everything is pretty consistent all over the engine.
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