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1950 dodge 318 swap/radiator

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bobs your man, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. bobs your man
    Joined: Aug 10, 2011
    Posts: 4

    bobs your man

    Doing a 318 swap in my 1950 dodge coronet. Wondering what to do for a radiator? Wondering if the original one will cool a 318? Or if anyone knows what radiator will fit in there? Or where to have one made for it if i neeed to? Thanks..
  2. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,403


    Should work, on the 46-8s you can reverse the radiator mount frame, moves the radiator forward for extra room
  3. I used a 60s mustang 302 radiator.
  4. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,551


    Try it as-is and see what happens. You can always have a bigger core installed.


  5. back in the late 80's I ran around with a friend that had a 50 wayfarer with 318 2bbl/904, hooked to Granada 8". The stock radiator moved forward as described above. I don't remember anymore what fan he was running. The car never overheated, ran 190-210 pretty much all the time.

    After he sold the car the new owner louvered the hood. Reportedly the car never went over 190 again.
  6. LA 318 or Poly? Does it fit without modifying the inner fenders?
  7. My la based 360 wouldn't squeeze in without some trimming. Then I had to trim even more when I installed the alternator.
  8. Thanks, that's what I thought. I have a '50 Wayfarer Sportabout Roadster in need of a drivetrain but it's too rare to cut up. I'll just stick to the hopped up L-head plan.

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  9. james31
    Joined: Jun 24, 2012
    Posts: 4

    from lucedale

    did that 318 fit with no problem or did you have to do some cutting

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