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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jmlcolorado, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. jmlcolorado
    Joined: Jun 10, 2011
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    jmlcolorado
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    from Parker, CO

    Hey folks. Been a while since I've been on here.
    Just picked up a radiator that the right dimensions for what I need, cept the wrong way.
    I need it to be taller then wide.

    Jas anyone ever run one clocked 90 degrees?
    I'm thinking of cutting off the filler cap and mounting it on the side......which will be the new top.

    Any words of advice?
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  2. chrisntx
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    from Texas .

    this was discussed not long ago
    search is your friend

    that car looks insane
    ratrod?
     
  3. jmlcolorado
    Joined: Jun 10, 2011
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    jmlcolorado
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    from Parker, CO

    I tried Clocking radiator, rotating radiator, sideways radiator.....which have turned up no results. Found fitting a mustang radiator in an A grill, but that's not quite what I'm looking for.

    Advice on a better search term?
     
  4. Engine man
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    Engine man
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    I haven't done it but I don't see any reason that it won't work.
     

  5. fiddy
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    It works just fine man.
     
  6. tfeverfred
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    I thought it was going to be a boring saturday night. Help has arrived.
     
  7. Gerry Moe
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    I am currently running a 392 hemi w/671 blower with the radiator mounted with tanks on the side. It has been done for years in GM products
     
  8. airbag
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    Holy rat rod
     
  9. That would make it a "crossflow" radiator (which were post '64) which would mean your ride would lose its traditional status ...... or so it seems.
     
  10. a.y1320
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    Those spikes will scare off would be thieves. Good think
     
  11. 296 V8
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    Iv seen GM cross flows turned for use in 32 shells ... it works fine.
     
  12. airbag
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    Thieves wouldn't even steal that, that thing is too sick. Hahah
     
  13. gnichols
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    from Tampa, FL

    Some sprint cars have horizontally mounted radiators down low and ahead of the front axle. But they are ducted so cool air flows below them and then upwards thru the core. The hot air is then ducted up, back and out thru a vented area in the hood. I think they may get some downforce from the way the air is moved thru the nose, too, but I don't know for sure. Have fun, Gary

    Never mind, I was thinking of my other sideways. Gary
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  14. badshifter
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    Let's pretend those are clecos.
     
  15. jmlcolorado
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    They are currently holding the top and bottom half of the cab together prior to welding. They will be removed :cool:
     
  16. jmlcolorado
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    I apparently need some education on how radiators are built and function too.

    I always thought that all the little tubes were all together causing the antifreeze to enter them, pass back and forth through the radiator allowing cooling. My thinking was that this action kept the same amount of fluid in contact with the cooling fins as long as possible to cool as much as possible.

    I was thinking the tubes looked similar to a transmission cooler, or even a refrigerator coil on the back.

    In looking inside this radiator, It seems the tubes only go from one side to the other. So anti freeze would fill from the bottom, work it's way to the other side rather quickly, then re enter the engine?K

    Also, on a SBC 350, does HOT coolest enter the top or bottom of the radiator? Does the water pump suck or pump from the lower hose?
     
  17. Hnstray
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    Most engines pump (hot) water out the top, into the radiator, either vertical tube or horizontal, from there the water is cooled as it passes through the tubes, to bottom or other side and reenters the engine via lower hose.

    Late model GM LS series engines, and perhaps others, use "reverse flow" .



    Ray
     
  18. Willy301
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    JML, the tubes are not continuously connected within the tanks, they all just pass fluid from tank to tank, regardless if they are horizontal or vertical. It should work for you, good luck on the rest of the build...
     
  19. jmlcolorado
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    Sounds good. We'll give it a shot.
    Thanks folks!
     
  20. GassersGarage
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    This was mounted sideways in a '51 Ford Gasser. Worked fine.
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  21. It looks as if we will soon see another buck toothed, early body on a late chassis, abortion. God, I hope I'm wrong. Every time I see one of those bug eyed creations with the radiator sitting two feet ahead of the axle centerline, I die, just a little bit, inside. They all look like an old Walter truck.
     

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  22. Shane Spencer
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    was JUST looking at a 57 chevy truck build. sideways mounted radiator. all worked fine for him
     
  23. 49ratfink
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    yeah.. from the pics shown it does not look very traditional.
     
  24. Hnstray
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    It's a COA......cab over axle :D

    Ray
     
  25. jmlcolorado
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    from Parker, CO

    ACTUALLY, the word is not abortion, since I am not prematurely ending this trucks life. I am, however, saving it from certain death.
    Perhaps the word you were looking for was abomination.
    I, personally, think the trucks proportionately well. I have spent a great amount of time to make NOT look like an "abortion" .

    This photo shows the truck prior to relocating the rear axle to properly place it in the wheel wells.

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    And just to clarify further, the engine is behind the wheels and the radiator will be a couple inches in front and be the furthest forward point.
     
  26. Ummm, your chop is uneven from front to back... reverse rake?
     
  27. A0dn yet we all lose :eek:
     
  28. Why not a tractor radiator to fit your tractor grille ??
     
  29. El Caballo
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    This is not going to end well.
     

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