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bgseib
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From: Tyler, TX, USA
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 01-07-2002 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bgseib   Click Here to Email bgseib     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK - I hear a lot about upgrading my 65 radiator to the new aluminum with an electric fan... Now is this really worth the cost and where is a good place to find a good price on one???? I like the idea of the electric fan and getting rid of the 4 blade I have now, but am curious about its worth..??

Thanks,
BS

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JAAZZY
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From: Bay Area, CA
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posted 01-07-2002 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The aluminum radiators are only expensive if you get one for a particular application. If you get a general size and adapt it to fit they are relatively cheap. I think you can get one for under $200 at Summit. I would probably go to aluminum only if I needed an upgrade. Unless your car is modded a standard 3 or 4 core with a good electric fan will probably work fine. I adapted mine to fit a 3 core late model radiator. It works pretty good.

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 01-07-2002 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can sure agree with Jaazzy! I have a three row with 180 thermostat and a condenser in front of it. On a HOT August summer day in S. Fl it never goes beyond the halfway mark, idling in traffic with AC on. I am running a roller motor in my 65 and it's bored 30.

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Gary
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From: Sarasota, Fla. USA
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posted 01-07-2002 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a Howe alum. crossflow rad in my 69 Mach with a 528cid. I only have a 16" SPAL elec. fan as pusher and it keeps the temp right at 190. I love it:-) Mine is a two row 1" tube crossflow. I believe this type works best as the third and forth row restrict flow somewhat holding in heat. Good air flow across large tubes is the ticket. My rad was 225.00 plus another 30 to add a finished smooth cap across the top. Try here: www.alumrad.com/aboutus.htm
They also have some real nice saddle mounts.
When I ordered mine from them I also ordered the fan and upper & lower mounts for the rad, I also had them add the top cap and fitting for the temp sensor. I got mine delivered with-in a week after placing the order:-)
My modo is: buy your last radiator first

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lyle29464
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From: Mt. Pleasant S.C.
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 01-07-2002 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lyle29464   Click Here to Email lyle29464     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary . Did you use the thunderbird pump or reg length? thanks Lyle

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 01-07-2002 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks good! Price sounds good! For my 305 or whatever, I'll stick with the stock look. It does a good job.

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richard bohm
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From: tucson,az-luray,va
Registered: May 2001

posted 01-08-2002 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if you chose an aluminum rad, just remember to get one designed for the street. it will have more fins per inch than a race rad. that is the mistake many people make when chosing aluminum rads.

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460-67Stang
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From: Southern Ohio, USA
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 01-08-2002 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary's motto is right on the money! I also went with a nice two row, 1" unit. Had to get it custom made to specs though due to size limitations (460 in a '67 Stang). Ron Davis Racing in Phoenix made it. Cost was about $350 including smooth top/bottom, auto tranny heat exchanger, and custom made filler neck which was required due to my setup.

My 475 hp, .060 over 460 runs a cool 180. Colder now that it's winter. I run the shorter '69 T-Bird H2O pump since it's about 1" narrower than a non T-Bird pump. running a stock Ford 7 blade clutch fan since it pulls approx 4500 cfm.

Jegs and Summit have pre-made radiators in various sizes.

Brian

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Gary
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From: Sarasota, Fla. USA
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posted 01-09-2002 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lyle, I used a std. lenght shaft waterpump.
Mine is Weiands highflow polished alum. pump.

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 01-11-2002 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary,
Do you know if your Weiand aluminum pump is wider or narrower than Brian's '69 T-Bird OEM pump -- Maybe you could post your pump measurement?

Brian,
Could you post your pump measurements too?

Thanks, Ryan


P.S. Because I needed a better radiator to cool my 302" and I also have a stroked 460 on the stand, I had Griffin build me an aluminum unit with TWO lower hose nipples in the bottom rad tank. So by corking the RH nipple, I can use the LH while running the SB; then when the BB is shoe-horned in, I can use the RH nipple for it and cork the LH opening... thus allowing me to use the same rad with both engines.

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Fastymz
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Registered: Apr 2001

posted 01-11-2002 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have used a 3row for the last 2 years,with the black magic electric fan.It works good stays at 180to185 unless it's really hot out and in traffic it gose to 200.I think the 4 row may have worked better.I dont have A/C,and I do run 1 bottle of water wetter with a mix of 60/40.

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