Removing the stat all together is not a good idea. It is there to keep the fluid in the radiator so it can be cooled. If it’s not there the pump will just keep circulating the hot fluid and it will just get increasingly hotter with every lap through the system.
I KNOW this Matt! I just removed it TEMPORARILY to see what would happen at maximum flow through there. BUT, since you remind me now, and it IS mid-day. I'll go ahead and drop a 180 F poppet back in. I just retarded the timing back to the spec 7.5 degrees BTC, and it seems to idle a little smoother. I know retarded timing usually = MORE heat, but I want to be sure I'm on spec, and will then work from that basis. Let's see what happens on a 75 F day, with everything on FSM 1968 spec.