V6 Radiator Woes

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by plowbuggy, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. Feb 7, 2006
    plowbuggy

    plowbuggy New Member

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    I've been reading this forum here and there for a little while, and I must say thank goodness for technology and those who use it. I've got a '68 CJ5 with the Dauntless V6. I use it exclusivley to plow (Benzie Co., MI). The radiator is ate up pretty bad near the bottom center, but never leaked noticeably before last week. The guys at thejeep.com said that radiators were not made for these anymore. Any suggestions on where to look (local junkyards can't help)?
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  2. Feb 7, 2006
    Phalanxx

    Phalanxx Jeep Newbie

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    you can take that one to a radiator shop and have them redo it. have em turn it into a 3 core while you are at it..=)
     
  3. Feb 7, 2006
    Mcruff

    Mcruff Earlycj5 Machinist Sponsor

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    I had mine re-cored about 11 months ago, it cost about $230. It came out great and has worked perfect.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2006
    linckeil

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    a 65/66 mustang radiator is near the identicle dimensions of the 4 cylinder radiator used in the 55-71 cj5s. and if it can cool the 289 v8, it can cool the 225 v6. the upper and lower hoses are at the correct locations for the buick v6, but the lower fitting on the radiator is slightly larger than the lower water inlet on the motor, so that needs to be adapted, which is easy enough. i bought a brand new 3 core radiator for $110 to my door. looks like it'll be a peice of cake to hook up, but i haven't done so yet. something to look into. easy to find, and probably much cheaper than having your 40 year old unit recored.. plus you can get these radiators in 3 or 4 core versions. also, they all come with an oil cooler option for the mustang auto trans. I'll likely rig the oil cooler up to work on my motor - just another bonus.
     
  5. Feb 7, 2006
    Evans

    Evans Former YJ owner

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    I did the re-core @3 months ago too for $230. Only place I found new ones was Radiators.com..... to the tune of $450.....
     
  6. Feb 7, 2006
    plowbuggy

    plowbuggy New Member

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    So if the mustang radiator is ~same dimensions as the 4cyl radiator, what is the size of the 4cyl? I assume a different size than the V6 radiator. Would it be easy enough to fit into place if the new mustang radiator is a different size than the one from my V6? I realize its the same body and all, but I've never seen one with a 4cyl to compare how it would fit in. It does sound cheaper from how you described it. Otherwise I suppose having it redone at a local shop isn't too bad.
     
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    Ppilotmike

    Ppilotmike old JEEPer

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    radiators come in two widths 17" or 22"
     
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    plowbuggy

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    Mine is ~17"...Does anyone know the width of the radiators used for 4cyl? If this is an easy match I might look for one from a mustang (sounds cheaper).
     
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    Ppilotmike

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    Evans

    Evans Former YJ owner

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    My v-6 radiator in the 68' is 22" high x 17" wide , 2 core
     
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    66cj5

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    thought the rad width changed after 1969 model year due to overheating issues with :v6: .
     
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    grannyscj

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    termin8ed

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    Your 68 should have the same radiator that the 4 cyl had. Only thing different between the 2 is the bottom radiator outlet. 4 cyl is on drivers side, 6 cyl is on pass.

    Got an old lawnmower and radiator shop here in town that estimated(sight unseen) around $150:shock:
    Might have to take it up there and see what he wants to do it.
     
  14. Feb 8, 2006
    Cooper

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    In the new Vintage addition of 4Wheel Drive Hardware, page 11 lists a radiator for 1965-71 CJ 225 V6 2 core part #98416 for $349.99 and also a 1967-72 CJ 225 V6 3 core part #98417 for $369.99
     
  15. Feb 8, 2006
    linckeil

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    i can check on the exact dimensions of my stock f head radiator and the 65/66 mustang radiator this weekend for you. but i know the core, the tanks, and brackets, and just about all other critical dimensions are just about identicle. i can't speak of the similiarities with any stock v6 radiator as I don't have one to compare. given its performance and price differences, the mustang radiator was a no brainer for me.
     
  16. Feb 9, 2006
    kastoner

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    I to am in the same boat with the rad problems. The local shop wants 350.00 to recore i talked with radiator.com today and found that closest rad is from a 64 ford gallaxie which is 17x 20 mine is 17x 22 so i'm going to compare them side by side this weekend and see if with a little mounting fabrication this is the best route. The top and bottom hoses are both mid to pass. side. They told me 199.00 plus a little for uncle sam. I'll let you know what I find.
     
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    jcandhis63

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    This is a very interesting discussion.

    I haven't crossed the radiator bridge yet. My son works at a shop that also sells and re-cores radiators. I was thinking that I would get with the owner when the time comes and see if he had a new one that would fit or maybe re-core the old one. My radiator is off a 4 cylinder and I am installing a Buick V6. Looks like a new radiator, perhaps a mustang, would be a good way to go to avoid the lower outlet on the wrong side problem. They could probably put the correct size outlet on there for me too.

    Great information.

    JC
     
  18. Feb 9, 2006
    Patrick

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    FWIW, I have one of these, made by Antique Radiator. It did not fit right, was leaking after several months, and one of the side straps has broken off of the top of the tank......:mad:
     
  19. Feb 9, 2006
    txeagle

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    I was looking at Kraigs site www.jeepdoc.com and the CJ5 rad was less that 200, showed to fit V6... might want to check it out. On my Commando, they want boco $$ for rad, but I've been told that the measurements are the same as a CJ5, but I will have to move the mounts. So this is the route I was looking to do.

    Ben
     
  20. Feb 10, 2006
    kastoner

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    I think the ones at jeepdoc are for 72-86 v-6 which has diff dimentions that the 66-71. the only place ive seen them new is at four wheel drive hardware and those are 350.00 plus.
     

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