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V8 Thumper

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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
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posted 03-10-2002 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this conversion on another site... a guy put a '69 4-row radiator in his '65... had to drill new mounting holes moved out 2 inches or so... Seems like a real cost-effective way to increase cooling capacity, $225 or so for the '69 4-row vs. $500+ for an aluminum '65 radiator. Anyone seen/done this themselves?

The only drawback (that I could see) was that the battery/tray wouldn't fit because the new radiator is a bunch wider, but I'm putting my battery in the trunk anyway.

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richard bohm

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posted 03-10-2002 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
that is a good way to increase cooling capacity. you can also swap a late model mustang crossflow in as well.

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posted 03-11-2002 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for H8CHEVY   Click Here to Email H8CHEVY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can also buy the aluminum radiators that are none car specific, just sold bye the size, and get late model ford mounts from the junk yard and make it work.... not alot of cost and seems to work well..

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posted 03-11-2002 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I put one of the "universal" aluminum radiators in my 69. I used a 26" wide unit. Stock for a 69 is 24". A 65-66 would be just about perfect with a 22" unit that they also make. You can get one from Summit, etc for ~$170. Mine is an Afco. Bought it on special at a trade show for $150. Their's are really nice, cost $179 from the website.

It was easy to fab some mounting brackets and it cools great. Since I went all the way up to a 26" wide I did trim the core support opening a little on each side with a sawzall. But it looks good. I also needed some different radiator hoses. Let me know if you need the part #'s for the hoses.
Pics of the new radiator:


David Cole

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posted 03-11-2002 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reading this thread, I went into garage to measure core support dif. between 65-68. If a 65/6 needed work in the front ie core support, a 68 would work, as well as the right front apron giving the later battery position. A bit of work but would allow a 24" radiator which in 4 row config. gives very good cooling-plus it wouldn't have that worked on look. Also, if going with EFI it allows for more room for air intake. Going out for a look again, the 67/8 apron by itself would give more room by changing bat. pos. Interesting.

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posted 03-11-2002 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A correction to the above post. I took a 2nd look at my 65 re battery apron, and I believe the wheel would rub a 67/8 battery apron. I think the core support would work, though.

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posted 03-11-2002 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bifs66   Click Here to Email bifs66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought an aluminum set up from Crites for the 66 Fastback. Crites provided the radiator and installation kit for less than $300. Recently, I fired up the 342" stroker and it seems that everything runs cool so far; although the car is not on the street yet. The radiator is 22" wide and after installation, looks almost factory. A 1" fan spacer from Summit located the original 4 blade fan perfectly.

Bernie Frank
66 Fastback restomod project
85 GT (preserved)
82 GT (original)

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posted 03-13-2002 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvierow   Click Here to Email mvierow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are adapters to do this for the 65 and 66. It uses the two bolts for the hood latch to mount clamps that hold it from above. I don't recall how the bottom clamp mounts on, but may require drilling. I've seen them in several mustang catalogs, just choose your favorite and give them a call.

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