How did you mount your radiator?

Discussion in 'Flat Fender Tech' started by ehauff, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. Jun 27, 2005
    ehauff

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    Have a 2a that i swaped a 231 oddfire in and i got a aluminum radiator from speedway motors. It doesnt have any mounting points on it. Would it be better to mount it to the grill or come off the frame? Im worried that if i mount it to the frame all the twisting it will do might damage the radiator, but not much on the grill to mount to. Any one got pics of thier aftermarket radiator in thier 2a? thanks
     
  2. Jun 27, 2005
    Mark W.

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    Are there any mounting flanges on the radiator?

    I would suggest you use as flexable of mount as possible as Aluminum Radiators are not as suited to off road as brass and solder is. The aluminum will not flex being it is all the same alloy it tends to be more brittle.

    That said if properly mounted like a stock radiator is in some car say with a sheet metal box cupping the bottom tank (or the bottom frame if it is a cross flow) with a layer of foam or something to cup the radiator while still allowing some flexing.

    Then the top would have something with some rubber bushings to again allow flex.

    I'm curious which model radiator you got. I have a 2A and I'm also thining about an Aluminum Radiator But my jeep will see only limited trail work. I'm much more into going somewhere then seeing what it will do. And since my suspension will remain basically stock with stock ride hieght the flex needs of a trail machine wouldn't apply.

    Another thing to think about with Aluminum is they are VERY VERY difficult to fix in the field. While a brass radiator can easily be soldered up.

    Mark W.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2005
    ehauff

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    Mark W.

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    Since you have an engine swap in it I guess wondering which Chevy or Ford version you got would have nothing to do with my 134L and it's hose locations. I'm pretty sure I could make a Ford style work out OK as long as the outlet is on the bottom drivers side I could make up hose to fit. The top hose on the pass side would work fine as the thermostat housing could easily be clocked to point towards the Pass side instead of the middle. Even if a plate had to be sandwiched inbetween the head and the housing. With a second set of attahment holes and then using flat head bolts to hold it to the head.

    Are you having any side to side clearance problems with the 22" wide radiator? I wouldn't think you would want it touching the inner fenders if you could avoid it.

    The Price is sure attractive. And it would do a great job of cooling my liitle four banger especially with a large electric fan. No need for a shroud that way and free HP not turning a direct drive fan. Less wear on the water pump bearing as well.

    The stock 2A radiator attached with two bolts to tabs welded on the cross member could you anchor to those and then have some type of cross strap or better yet two rods going to the firewall Like the single used on a stock 134L (two so you go on either side of the carb on your V6.

    Hope this rambling helps

    Mark W.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2005
    ehauff

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    I removed my headlight buckets and plan to use some different lights like kc or something...the radiator uses about an inch on each side but fills the grill perfect....top to bottom has no issues but i have about an 1 1/2 body lift. Price was my factor to..only thing i didnt like was a lack of a drain on it, but i guess i can always pull a hose. Im thinking of welding some tabs to the grill and going that route. Ill have 5 days off over the 4th so hopefully i can get it mounted and take some pics.
     

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