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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bobby Green, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Bobby Green
    Joined: Jun 9, 2001
    Posts: 1,319

    Bobby Green

    If your like me, there's nothing that can ruin a period perfect automobile worse than a "stick out like a thumb" modern piece of equipment on a car that far pre-dates it's modern upgrade. Most car people have their own pet peeves when it comes to this. For some, it's disc brakes, or an alternator instead of a generator, for others it's air conditioning, but for me, it's electric fans. Uugh.

    Well,... As you can imagine, when I found myself with no other option but to use and electric fan, due to an engine swap to a much larger motor, I was not very happy.
    I was hoping to hide the fan in between the radiator and grill shell, but there just isn't enough room. So my only option was to put the fan on the engine side of the radiator, but in a roadster with no hood or fenders, there's really no hiding it.
    So I decided rather than hiding it, I'd dress it up to fit with the time period of everything else around it. I had seen pictures in old Hot Rod magazines of a couple cars that experimented with the use of electric fans on cars in the 50's. Most looked like house fans, and that was the inspiration for the treatment of my modern plastic necessity.

    The following is a pictorial. Perhaps it may inspire others to hide their ugly moderness, and keep me delusional as to the decade I'm living in. LoL. Enjoy.

    Cut away as much plastic possibly, that is not absolutely necessary.
    Find yourself an old table fan with the right diamater screen.
    Spray anything showing with old timey wrinkle paint.
    Cut off the finger guard of an old 40's or 50's fan, and attach it over your electric fan.
    And voila, modern cooling that's easier on the eyes.

    Feel free to post pics of other creative fan disguising.
    my2nd40 and fnjunk like this.
  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,680

    from Austin, TX
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  3. dragrcr50
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,865


    wellllll I thought for a moment this ia anal ,but damn it really looks the part.. very well done........
  4. hellbound gasser
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 435

    hellbound gasser

    :eek:Holy crap! That is perfect. Now if you could just find a fix for radial tires (my pet peeve)!
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  5. eric
    Joined: Jun 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,643


    your one smart cookie dude!!!
  6. works great with that nailhead, i love it!
  7. marx
    Joined: Oct 8, 2005
    Posts: 475


    another genuis!! i love it!
  8. rustypipes
    Joined: Sep 30, 2004
    Posts: 977

    from san jose

    That Fu@#ing RULES!!!
  9. Bobby Green
    Joined: Jun 9, 2001
    Posts: 1,319

    Bobby Green

    Radials are one of my peeves too. But, I saw a pair of the best looking white wall radials ever. They are Goodyears, and Lucas Tires in Long Beach sells them, and they have these great diamonds on the sidewalls. I didn't even know they weren't bias' until someone told me. But I think they only fool people on fendered cars.
  10. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 3,528


    Absolutely FANtastic idea.

  11. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
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    Kevin Lee
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    Very nice. I've been thinking through all of the monkey motion I'll need to run a generator and mechanical fan along with a 4-71 on my flathead and I'm not 100% sure how it's going to work out.

    This definitely gives me another option. And by the way, I have a few old pictures of cars that used electric fans just like you said. I remember one in particular that used two smaller fans. Looked kind of neat.
  12. dehudso
    Joined: Sep 25, 2003
    Posts: 545


    I'd like to commend your work.
  13. chevy400ci
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 50

    from Kansas

  14. Very nice lateral thinking and looks killer too !!


    I just shopped around till I found the fan that I could fit b/w the insert and the rad.

    Besides, one of those period fans would be too nice to cut up....yes ?

  15. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,903


    Very nicelly done. I like it.
  16. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,644


    Very cool. I love this kind of stuff. See the signature...

  17. How about completing the look by adapting the old blades as well? Would they flow enough air?
  18. Or paint the blades flat grey to give it some age.

  19. skyrodder
    Joined: May 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,924


    love it... but it might be hard for me to take apart a cool fan like that.. i have restored 3 fans like that
  20. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,300


    Excellant idea, looks great.
  21. Thirdyfivepickup
    Joined: Nov 5, 2002
    Posts: 6,088


    I agree! Sounds like an idea I would have come up with if I had thought of it first!
  22. scarylarry
    Joined: Apr 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,539


    Look at you Mr. Smartguy. Now figure out a way to make the ugly alternator on my 2.3 Ford look like a generator!
  23. chuckspeed
    Joined: Sep 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,643

    Member awesome! gotta add a pusher on my car, and was dreading the idea, but this is flat cool!
  24. A little thinking outside the box . . . well done.

    Do you have a side view of the front area of the engine that also shows the fan etc. you could post?
  25. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,742

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I will use this on my ride!
  26. I was gonna say the metal toned Rustoleum hammerite paint for the blades. I'll bet they'd look metal until you looked REAL close. (should be able to kick the looker in the ass before then! :D )
  27. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,710

    Chris Casny
    from Jamaica

    I just installed an electric fan yesterday and hated the look.
    Good idea.
  28. They're called "Bias Ply Tires"...:rolleyes:

    I thought "How in hell are you gonna get an electric fan to look good?" Easy enough, hide it behind something old.

    Like Ryan said - brilliant. Good work man.
  29. Quote:
    Originally Posted by hellbound gasser
    :eek:Holy crap! That is perfect. Now if you could just find a fix for radial tires (my pet peeve)!

    Now that's funny!!:rolleyes:
  30. monsterflake
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 3,763


    watch for vintage fans to go nuts on ebay...

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