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Gary
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posted 09-03-2001 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im getting ready to mount and wire my 16" cooling fan and don't have much choice other than to use mounting pins through the radiator. Im abit concerened about hurting the core and wondered if anyone has had problems mounting thiers in this way?
I have a alum. radiator

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-03-2001 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't do it either. Would it be possible to make some tasteful "outrigger" straps to the core support edge and use the radiator mount holes?

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Gary
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posted 09-03-2001 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mellowyellow, I see your from FL. where abouts? Are you going to the Bradenton Mustang show in Nov?
Maybe,just maybe I'll be going with my car if im finished (fingers crossed)
Id rather use a spider type mount but the off-set between the fan and the support would make fabricating mounts pretty hard.
I had to modify my rad support as it is, there is no lip to attach the mount to. I'll have to look at it again and see if I have another option.

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kid vishus
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posted 09-03-2001 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always mounted electric fans with the pins thru the radiator and never hurt a radiator yet. I have only used aluminum radiators. Even the one in the racecar, with as hard as it sets the front end down, hasnt been hurt by the fan being attached directly to it.

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460-67Stang
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posted 09-03-2001 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary,
I wouldn't mount the fan through the radiator. No experience on this, but it just scares me to think that your expensive radiator could be ruined by the fan.

Ron Feddema used welded on mounts to attach his fan. There's good pictures of this at his site (can't recall the URL...you there Ron?

FWIW,
Brian

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-03-2001 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary: I'm from way down in Fl. Dade/Broward. I used to come up your way and go out on Longboat Key. Eating on St. Armands Circle was great! Hope that you bring your car. I'm driving up in a rental PU either going to or coming from Western N.C. Only thing I have to worry about is a Hurricane, then all bets are off! Hope to meet you. Pete

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-03-2001 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary: Re read your post. I see you mean the Bradenton show. I might just make that. A lot of the guys come up there every year.

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65hoss
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posted 09-04-2001 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65hoss   Click Here to Email 65hoss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When my car was a street car I ran the pins thru the radiator. Never had one problem. All my friends with 8 sec. 1/4 cars do the same.

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Gary
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posted 09-04-2001 01:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pins it is, Im sick of fabricating stuff and that seems like the easiest way

One thing, does anybody use anything (thin seal or padding between the fan to radiator, or just let it sit flat up aganist it? Guess I'll just pancake it up against the radiator, pin it and let it ride...

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JAAZZY
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posted 09-04-2001 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There should be a little padding on each of the mounting points. The padding helps the fan sit tight against the radiator rather than sitting on the pins. The Pins just hold it tight. This way the fan and the radiator move together and you avoid stress cracks.

BTW, I have two electric fans on my 65 and they are both mounted through the core without any problems but I will admit that I would prefer a mounting kit if one was available at a reasonable cost.

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Originally posted by Gary:
Pins it is, Im sick of fabricating stuff and that seems like the easiest way

One thing, does anybody use anything (thin seal or padding between the fan to radiator, or just let it sit flat up aganist it? Guess I'll just pancake it up against the radiator, pin it and let it ride...

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PONYMAN
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posted 09-04-2001 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN   Click Here to Email PONYMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
have done this on several cars over the years and have never had any problems. The pins come with pads to keep from damaging the radiator, and these things pull up and hold tight, just liky zip strips, or electrical ties. I have also used them for mounting auxilary transmission coolers to the radiator. Rick

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