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on another thread, "aluminum radiator on e-bay", there was a little discussion about the "hood baffle". where exactly was it cut out. i guess for the radiator cap? i did`nt know there were different ones. or are there?
 

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On a 55-56 6 cylinder radiator, the inlet where the top hose goes is centered on the radiator and the hose barb runs horizontal.

On a 57 6 cylinder radiator, the inlet where the top hose goes is offset to one side slightly and the hose barb runs at an upward angle from the radiator tank. This is because the 57 hood is a bit lower than on a 55-56.

The baffle has a cutout in it for the hose to pass through.

So you can't swap 6 cylinder radiators directly from a 55-56 to a 57, or the other way, without having interference between the upper radiator hose and the baffle.

Someone posted a photo that showed that a couple of weeks ago.
 

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55/56 cut out in the center....57 cut out to the driver's side.
 

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This is because the 57 hood is a bit lower than on a 55-56.
"A bit" is more like 2" lower!! :eek:


So you can't swap 6 cylinder radiators directly from a 55-56 to a 57, or the other way, without having interference between the upper radiator hose and the baffle.
All 3 hoods are different so you can't swap them from year to year anyhow. ;)
 

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V8 radiators and hoses aren't going to interfere with ANY hood baffles, so they aren't a problem.

Likewise, a crossflow radiator installed in front of the radiator support is not going to have a problem either, since the hose isn't going to pass above the support.

I filled the cutout in my baffle so it could do a better job of "baffling".
 

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V8 radiators and hoses aren't going to interfere with ANY hood baffles, so they aren't a problem.

Likewise, a crossflow radiator installed in front of the radiator support is not going to have a problem either, since the hose isn't going to pass above the support.

I filled the cutout in my baffle so it could do a better job of "baffling".
Actually Rick there is a problem... I am moving my V8 radiator out to the 6cyl position in my '57. So now the baffle is going to hit the upper radiator hose.
 

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Good point Belair.....Although I'm sure Rick meant, when they are in their original position.....Now you have two choices.......Either modify your baffle for the radiator hose clearance or buy a 6 cyl radiator.
 

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"Actually Rick there is a problem... I am moving my V8 radiator out to the 6cyl position in my '57. So now the baffle is going to hit the upper radiator hose."

A problem you created. And it's essentially the same as trying to use a 55-56 6 cylinder radiator in a 57.

My advice: tin snips, a saw, and a welder. Maybe some bondo and primer surfacer.
 

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Good point Belair....Now you have two choices.....Either modify your baffle for the radiator hose clearance or buy a 6 cyl radiator.
Well Dave... :confused0006: I think I will go with modify my baffle. Because I just bought my new aluminum radiator. Wasn't thinking about the baffle... otherwise I would have went with the 6cyl radiator. :rolleyes:
 

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Well Dave... :confused0006: I think I will go with modify my baffle. Because I just bought my new aluminum radiator. Wasn't thinking about the baffle... otherwise I would have went with the 6cyl radiator. :rolleyes:
No doubt that will be your cheapest/easiest way out....Good luck on the project....Send us photos :)
 
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