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Technical Short Radiator for a Channeled Car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Stock Racer, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Stock Racer
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    I'm struggling with radiator height and trying to avoid mounting it in front of the crossmember. We're talking Model A style with a Small Block Chevy. Speedway has one listed as 20"-21" overall height. Anyone know of anything shorter? I know there are lots of threads on this, I've looked at a bunch of them. Just wondering if there's any new info in Hamb land.
     
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  3. zzford
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    Check for industrial type radiators. Some of them for forklifts, tractors etc come in some odd sizes. Most radiator shops have catalogs where the radiators are listed by dimensions.
     
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  4. Mr48chev
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    Check with these guys. They sell radiators on Ebay but also build radiators to what ever specs you need within reason. They aren't the cheapest by a long shot but aren't the most expensive either.
    https://www.cgj.com/
     
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  5. 41fred207
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    I used a model T radiator I scored at a swap meet for $50.00 in my 4" chanelled A. Width was just right for my original grill shell, just had to notch my spring cross member for lower hose outlet.
     
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  6. 41fred207
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    Just re-read your post, sorry, I am in front of cross member, hence the notch..
     
  7. s55mercury66
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    You might look at sprint car or midget radiators.
     
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  8. AndersF
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    I had the same problem but at least left some space to drop the radiator behind crossmember.
    But i have both channel and a z on my frame.
    But i find a alu one for a Datsun fairlady that was small enough and supposed to handle 350 hp.
    Should be enough for my stock 55 Dodge engine.
    To find mine i was looking on ebay searching radiator and scrolling and looking on
    dimensions until i found one thats work.
     
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  9. ramblin dan
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    1960 1961 1962 chevy 6 overall 18.75 x 22.75  from gearheadworld.jpg from speed daddy 14 x16 3 core rad for 101.00 free ship.jpg 1960 to 62 chevy 6. 18.75 x 22.75. Or Honda Civic, 14 x 16.
     
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  10. Stock Racer
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    Thanks to all for the responses. Anyone else?
     
  11. chopndrop
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    Speedway Lo-boy 32 radiator was the shortest I could find a year or so back when I was looking for my channeled T. Lots of cheaper no name aluminum radiators all over ebay, but all were taller. Looked a bit at forklift and tractor applications but nothing that seemed worth the effort to make them work. I talked to local radiator shop about making one. Was going to use Model A tanks (was using Model a grill shell) and use a shorter core. Also would need to move around the hose fittings. He could make whatever i wanted, but was going to cost a lot more.

    https://www.speedwaymotors.com/6-Inch-Chopped-1932-Lo-Boy-Aluminum-Radiator,7367.html
     
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