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Old 03-04-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hey Guys what would be the best aluminum radiator for my 1955 Bel Air V8? I want something that is reasonably priced and comes with electric fans. I'm not up to speed on the bel air differences...I think 6 cylinder mounts behind the radiator core support and V8's up front?
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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On all the Tri fives the six is longer so the radiator went in front of the bar and the 8 went behind the bar. Belairs, 210 and 150's were all the same mechanically. If you mount in front of the bar that will give more clearance for puller fans.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:04 AM   #3
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I have a 55 with a 283 that had a mech fan on it with no shroud. I pulled the original leaky brass rad and bought a new alum rad off of ebay. I mounted it in the 6cyl position and removed the original mech fan. I got an electric fan and shroud combo from a 90s taurus from the pull a part salvage yard and put it on behind the new rad. it has two speeds, currently have it wired for low speed on a thermostat that senses temp via a bulb inserted between the cooling fins at the top of the rad. 1000% better-Bill
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An aluminum (Griffin) radiator and fan shroud made all the difference in the over heating problem that I had. I still have the mechanical fan and an electric pusher fan. I never use the electric (on a switch) anymore. The car now runs at normal temp. no mater how hot it is outside. Driving in traffic at low speeds is not a problem now. I also have a/c which blocks air flow to the alum rad.....still no problem with over heating.

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An aluminum (Griffin) radiator and fan shroud made all the difference in the over heating problem that I had. I still have the mechanical fan and an electric pusher fan. I never use the electric (on a switch) anymore. The car now runs at normal temp. no mater how hot it is outside. Driving in traffic at low speeds is not a problem now. I also have a/c which blocks air flow to the alum rad.....still no problem with over heating.

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What would be the best 2 or 3 core?

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I did what Byers said only did it one at a time till I finally got overheating problem fixed.

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An aluminum (Griffin) radiator and fan shroud made all the difference in the over heating problem that I had. I still have the mechanical fan and an electric pusher fan. I never use the electric (on a switch) anymore. The car now runs at normal temp. no mater how hot it is outside. Driving in traffic at low speeds is not a problem now. I also have a/c which blocks air flow to the alum rad.....still no problem with over heating.

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Don, I love how neat and tidy your radiator set up is under the hood of your 57. Very well done
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I went with an AutoRad for my '55.
It has dual 14" fans.

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Roger thats an excellent set up
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