Just needed more patience. The cooling system still had air in it. Once the car cooled, the expansion tank was completely empty. Refilled it, ran the car again, let it cool, filled the expansion tank again as it was half empty and now the temp gauge sits rock solid on the middle and the fan kicks in just like it should. Lesson learned: Refilling the cooling systems on these cars takes patience. Make sure have your A/C controls set to full heat so that your heater core is emptied when you drain and is filled when you add the new coolant/water/wetting agent mix or else you will never get all of the air out.