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Sal65Stang
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From: Pasadena
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 11-22-2002 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sal65Stang   Click Here to Email Sal65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a slightly built 289 in my 65 Stang. I put a nice four row radiator and a five blade fan in for better cooling. It was working great for about 2 months. Just today, I put brand new TT 2's in the rear 16x7 with 245/50/16 NITTO drag radials. (By the way, they fit great!) Well, I pulled out of the tire shop and stepped on it and it hooked up great for about a second before I heard an awful noise. I pulled over and found out that my fan pushed forward and chewed up the radiator. :-( The only thing I can think of is that the engine mounts are bad and when I stepped on it, the force moved the engine forward causing the fan to hit the radiator. So, any ideas on some nice solid steal engine mounts...Will stock ones work okay...IS THAT EVEN THE PROBLEM??? Any help would be awsome...Thanks. Sorry this was so long.

Sal

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johnmustang
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posted 11-22-2002 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really don,t think it is your mounts , I would think stock ones would work just fine. Is your fan a flex fan ? Is it tightly bolted up ? How thick is your rad ? is it tightly bolted up ? It could be as simple as not enough space between your fan and rad , and , when you stood on it they just came together and made the unfortunate mess you now have. Just a few thought that were going through my head after reading your thread. I am sure you will get alot more info from other people who know more about this than I do.

JOHN

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johnmustang
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posted 11-22-2002 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgot to mention , Welcome to M&M , best mustang site on the net , nicest people , loads of knowledge to be shared by people with years and years of mustang and racing experience , and , the best part is they give of their time and knowledge freely. Post often and have fun.


JOHN

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Calcat
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posted 11-23-2002 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Calcat   Click Here to Email Calcat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on your description, it is much more likely that the radiator was not secured adequately and tipped into the fan. You might want to check that first.

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71RESTO
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posted 11-23-2002 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Sal,
First off, welcome to M&M!!
Is it Pasadena, CA you are from? I grew up in Diamond Bar, where my folks still live.
Anyhow, to answer your question, did the water pump shaft and fan stay in one piece or is the shaft broken also? The reason I ask, is years ago I had a '70 Charger RT with a built 440 in it and after finishing the motor, the first time I romped on it, the torque from the belts sheared the water pump shaft off and sent the fan blade through the radiator. You may want to see if that's what happened and then get a high performance water pump while doing the repair. If the shaft is still intact, I would have to agree with both ideas from above, the fan blades flexed and hit the radiator or the radiator came loose and fell into the fan. It is also possible the motor mounts are shot and need replacing, but outside of these answers there's not much else that could have happened.

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