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Fan Spacer question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by STREETREBEL, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. STREETREBEL
    Joined: Nov 16, 2008
    Posts: 30

    STREETREBEL
    Member

    I need to get my fan ( engine mounted ) closer to
    my radiator.
    Can I use a 5 1/2 inch spacer without it breaking?
     
  2. Molonewolf
    Joined: Jan 22, 2012
    Posts: 195

    Molonewolf
    Member

    I wouldn't try it.
     
  3. Streight8
    Joined: Jun 12, 2012
    Posts: 125

    Streight8
    Member

    If you can't find a factory installed one of that length then is likely too long. Is there an option to put in a longer "nosed" water pump then a shorter spacer. Maybe split the difference, maybe give engine type and size and some one may have a suggestion.
     
  4. why can't you make a shroud?
     

  5. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 967

    Bert Kollar
    Member

    X2 on the shroud. My big block Mopar is way back from the radiator so I made a shroud and it never runs too hot
     
  6. I once drove an O/T corvette with a 4-5 inch fan spacer installed by previous owner. At about 6500 RPMs. it snapped the water pump shaft and sent my fan into the radiator..$pensive lesson.
     
  7. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    Member
    from arkansas

  8. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    tommy
    Member Emeritus

    Use both a spacer and a shroud. Check out the shroud on a 60-70s Monte Carlo.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. why is the radiator so far from the fan that you need a 5" spacer?
     
  10. onedge
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,000

    onedge
    Member

    Same question why the need for? Tommy that shroud looks like half of a 55gal drum 70 monte I have to look into that never saw one.
     
  11. terryble
    Joined: Sep 25, 2008
    Posts: 541

    terryble
    Member
    from canada

    Monte Carlo's and early 60s buicks had very long fan spacers in that 5 inch range and seemed to work, still would make me nervous though.
     
  12. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,720

    junk yard kid
    Member

    i once tried two spacers. (i was young) yep snapped the water pump shaft and destroyed my radiator.
     

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