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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Steve Fritz, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Steve Fritz
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
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    from wisconsin

    I will be mocking up the engine compartment on my 40 Ford coup project next week , and need some ideas on what radiator to use. This is a 302/C4 project into a 40 coup. I have Chassis Engineering front engine cradle with Mustang II suspension.
    If anybody has recently done this swap , what radiator did you use and supplier source to get it.?? Also, any ideas on the rad core support and mounting tips ??
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. Radiators are subjective,the traditionalist will say copper/brass like the original,a lot of guys will say aluminum which is cheaper.

    I personally have used aluminum but they look too street roddy for me.

    I have 3 hot rods and all three use copper/brass (Walker Radiator),one of which is now 18 years old with never a problem. HRP
     
  3. Hamtown Al
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    A radiator for a mid-late 60s mustang will work, too.
     
  4. okiedokie
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    Core support? Two tabs on bottom attach to frame pads, two braces to inner fender panels mounts it. I have used several Walkers with never a problem. Is the firewall recessed for the Ford motor? Or are you using some of the newer front engine components for more room?
     

  5. tommy
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    Amen! I use the stock copper radiators. I do not like aluminum radiators and electric fans. It took me a while to find a nice 56 Ford V8 radiator when an aluminum one was just a phone call and credit card away...I'm glad that I was patient. JMHO
     
  6. olscrounger
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    Copper/brass--Walkers for me
     
  7. 40_tudor
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    I'm using a PRC aluminum radiator in my 40 Tudor. Works great, runs a little cool for my fuel injected motor though, about 175deg with a 190deg thermostat. That&#8217;s a good problem to have I suppose.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I jump the fan relay once in a while to make sure the fan still works. It will warm up to about 200-210 in heavy stop and go traffic.<o:p></o:p>
     
  8. Russco
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    The walkers are a nice as they come but at half the price I just got a custom built aluminum from Brice Thomas Radiator.
     
  9. hotrod40coupe
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  10. As has been said a 64-65-66 Mustang radiator with inlet and outlets set for your motor would work just fine. My 40 Pickup project is presently getting one with 4.3/T350. Since the 4.3 came out of a vehicle with an aluminum radiator I am going to try one. There are so many pros and cons that it's hard to tell what will be. But for $130 I'll give it a whirl .....
     
  11. I have radiator out of my 39 merc has been recorded so no orig split in middle like genny if you want to go that way its very cheap
     
  12. Steve Fritz
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    Thanks for all the input so far. Hamtown and TomT...... are you saying the early Mustang stock radiator fits into the stock 40 Ford engine compartment space??? Did you fabricate up the mounting brackets on the top end off the inner fender metal? Any pictures??
    Thanks !
    Steve
     
  13. no55mad
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    Merc 39 - is your radiator for a flathead or OHV motor? Your pm is blocked here.
     
  14. Steve Fritz
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    this is an engine swap project , I am using a Ford 302 V8 from the mid 80's.

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  15. CFster
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    All else being equal, copper conducts heat better than aluminum. Everybody is on an aluminum radiator kick since the racers started using them - because of weight savings, not because they cool better.

    I use a Walker copper in our '40 Coupe with SBC, and it runs about 10 degrees cooler than the flathead with aluminum radiator in our '40 Convertible.
     
  16. Firecat7
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    OMG....no walker needed....as, hamtown said the stang 4 cores for about 200 bucks work great, minor fabwork....to mount. unless you want a showstopper with inlimited budget, forget the big boys. alum rads from speedway...or????? will work too....:eek:
     
  17. hot-rod roadster
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    I've had great luck with Walker and never had an overheating issue. This is not an area to take the cheap way out. Gary
     
  18. LongT
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    Do you have the C series - Cobra or the Z- series?

    Bill
     
  19. Hamtown Al
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    Here's the mustang radiator in my 40 pickup with some mounting braces visible along with the shroud. Note I'm using a mechanical fan. The truck runs cool. Hope this helps. Hamtown
     

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  20. genosslk
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    I too chose a Brice Thomas aluminum Radiator to replace my stock recored brass money pit radiator. Just by changing the radiator I dropped 20 degrees out of the heat and changed nothing else.
    I now run too cool and will change the thermostat to a 195. I am very happy with their product and it was built to my exact standards with them sending me a complete drawing with all measurements before they built it. Very good product with great customer service.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
  21. street rod lover
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    from taylor,mi.

    heres some pics of the rad I used for my 40 sedan with a 289 c4

    superior radiator,
    mt clemens,Michigan
    ask for chuck
     

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  22. no55mad
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    Merc 39 - still can't respond as you are blocked. Please email with contact info.

     
  23. big bad john
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    Walker radiator in my 39 and 40 ford coupes....no prolbem
     

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