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Fastback68
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posted 05-03-2002 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sheesh, I've finally decided that I have to replace the bottom of my 68 radiator. The top is fine, the core is almost new, but I trusted the replacement of the core to a b*ll**** mechanic two years ago before I decided to do everything myself. What he didn't tell me was the bottom (a) is out of a Nissan Pajero and (b) doesn't fit in the mounting brackets, so the automatic tranny fluid pipes are crushed against the tops of the brackets which is why they always leak. I'm playing with the idea of ordering a whole new radiator from NPD but it seems so extreme since my core is good. All I need is the bottom. Does anyone know of a car, Japanese or otherwise, where I can grab the bottom off the radiator and put it on mine?
Thanks as always,
Simon

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Moneymaker
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posted 05-03-2002 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simon, how about just installing a separate trans cooler? That way you can keep your current radiator.

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posted 05-03-2002 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most olders {'70 and earlier} Fords should work. You just need to measure if you have the 20 or 24 inch radiator.

Any other make will need mickey-mousing to fit, and you'll be asking this same question in a year from now.

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bluetech
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posted 05-04-2002 05:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastback68:
out of a Nissan Pajero

Either it's a Nissan Patrol or a Mitsubishi Pajero

Simon, I have a rad from a 68 Torino. The core is full of dents but the bottom seems to be fine. The top has been modified to fit hose positions for a diesel engine. Ask around if this rad will serve your purpose.

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Ed

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Fastback68
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posted 05-05-2002 05:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finding old Ford four-row 24-inch radiators here is not too easy, but Ed, man your phone. I'll be calling in! As for a separate tranny cooler, that could be the way to go. A guy here told me Mercedes tranny coolers are great, if you can find one. Apparently they're very popular and are quickly snapped up.

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