View Full Version : 6cyl to V8 Radiator question
04-05-2007, 10:14 AM
I have a 6 cyl radiator support and radiator located in front of the core support in my 56. Now that it's a V8 I think I need the extra cooling from a V8 radiator in the V8 position behind the core support, however I dont want to change out my 6 cyl. radiator support. I see plenty of aluminum radiators on e-bay and have found radiator conversion brackets from Danchuk but their web site doesn't say weather I can use them for this type of conversion.
I have thought about a pusher electric cooling fan but not sure I want to go that route yet.
What say you?
04-05-2007, 11:31 AM
One of our members work at Matssons Radiator, so send him a message and im sure he can help you.
04-05-2007, 11:45 AM
Don: Check your mail box for a tech article.
04-05-2007, 03:08 PM
I'd like that article, too.
04-05-2007, 06:29 PM
Keep your 6 cyl position core support so you will have room to install puller fans on the engine side of whatever radiator you choose to go with..
04-06-2007, 08:55 AM
I have looked at all those radiators on ebay and don't like them. they dont tell you that you have notch radiator support bar and probably the hood support piece to clear hose. What I want is a radiator (aluminum while I am wishing) High Performance (2 rows at least 1.25 inches dia.) that has inlets and outlets just like the original 6cyl, that bolts in to the 6cyl. brackets. The 6cyl radiator is also a little bigger (top to bottom) and one last thing on wish list, I do not want it glued together. If you know of such a radiator and/or are using one please let us know. This seems to be a very common problem.
04-06-2007, 09:58 AM
I have never asked them but would certainly think that PRC would build you such a radiator.Many of my streetrod friends have had radiators built by them for various custom applications and have been delighted with the quality and fit.Worth a try!
04-06-2007, 10:00 AM
I hear what you are saying about the radiator being "glued together".. and I'm sure you are referring to the Griffin brand. I had a Griffin that is epoxied and didn't have any trouble with it.. but I decided to go with a larger crossflow style anyway. So, if you can stand the idea of a Griffin, they make the exact application you want. 6 cyl position, stock-style hoses etc.. As for crossflow style radiators, BeCool or Griffin (and some other brands) makes a radiator that does not require any modifications to the core support bar, but will need to have radiator holes cut in the front filler panels (like any crossflow will require). Personally I didn't like the way the BeCool mounted to the filler panels, so, I went with a Don McDavitt radiator because I really liked the way it mounts, using a pair of lower brackets and and an upper panel. To your point, I did have to notch the bottom of the core support bar for the upper hose, but the notch is minimal, hidden and just not a big deal. At any rate, the combo of the big crossflow and twin 11" Spal fans which fit perfectly in a stock tri-five core support (with twin relays) did the trick even in the super hot/humid conditions of the deep south. I'm running a very warmed over SBC that will certainly overheat if given the chance.
Check out this link: http://www.mcdsradiator.com/radiator.htm
You can also take a look at my website and you can see how the radiator fits.
04-06-2007, 11:13 AM
I checked out the website you suggested, I was impressed with the detail of their product, mounting brackets and design. It actually looks like it belongs/was designed in a tri five. Not exactly what I was looking for, but it might be better, Thanks again
04-06-2007, 11:44 AM
This is the Mattson's Radiator setup I have and there was no
modifications needed, true bolt in.
I have to remove it again because I have to drill out the cross brace
brackets so I can hide the wiring that goes across that area.
04-06-2007, 01:51 PM
Don we can make you the classic downflow that you're looking for that can mount in 9 different locations. We achieve this with a universal fin cover and bracket system. All of our radiators are 100% Welded and are twin 1" rows. We use this core construction in all a applications regardless of horsepower. Or if you want something realy high tech you can look at our rad support system as well (photos are in my gallary). Also stay away from pusher fans. I would rather see a fixed blade mechanical fan with the proper pulley ratio on the car than a pusher anyday, unless you intend on racing the car.
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