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Mounting radiator forward due to clearande issue on engine side. Have the mounting plates and the v8 rad but the car was originally a 6 so the brace has the opening a few inches tonthe right if where i need it to get the hood to shut over hose. Is there a new hood brace available to accomodate the forward mount rad or do i just cut a new hole? Any pics on how you all do it?

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No modified hood braces are available that I know of....You will have to mod your own or do some creative hose routing......Most do the latter.

Someone should be able to give you a hose part number for your situation.

 

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How far away from core support are you mounted to route your hose without modding the hood brace. Right now my neck is sitting right over the brace and even with the copper hose i ordered from classic industries i don't see how i will make the sharp bend to make the opening in the hood support.

Do you have another pic a little farther out showing rad and hose from and over the support?
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Mike.... Just noticed that you are trying to use a V8 radiator in the 6 cylinder position....Several mods have to be done on a 57 to go that route....Better to buy a new radiator meant for the 6 cyl position IMO.....Like this one:http://www.cfrperformance.com/CFR_1955_57_CHEVY_DIRECT_FIT_ALUMINUM_RADIATOR_p/hz-5700-6.htm

In order to use the V8 radiator, you'll have to notch the top bar and hood brace.....Plus the radiator relocation kit.

See these previous posts:http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88771&highlight=notch+radiator+bar http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58176&highlight=notch+radiator+bar http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80694&highlight=notch+radiator+bar
 

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Man that engine compartment in post #2 looks very familiar. My radiator has the upper neck in the 6cyl location, which is mounted to the left side of the radiator.
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I modified my 56 hood brace and shifted the cut out to suit the radiator hose. The cut out is usually right in the centre of the brace, but l decided best solution was to "shuffle" a couple of sections around and weld it back together.

 

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Mounting radiator forward due to clearande issue on engine side. Have the mounting plates and the v8 rad but the car was originally a 6 so the brace has the opening a few inches tonthe right if where i need it to get the hood to shut over hose. Is there a new hood brace available to accomodate the forward mount rad or do i just cut a new hole? Any pics on how you all do it?

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Mike
Would something like this be what you're looking for?

http://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-hood-baffle-cross-brace-custom-1957.html
 

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That hood brace looks like it would work great. I can almost get the hood closed right now so hopefully no more modifications will be needed. Gonna have to jump and order one of those so i can get this thing on the road!

Thanks for the link
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So Mike, are you saying you have a stock 57, V8 radiator in the 6 cyl position and have no interference problems with the upper inlet hitting the top bar (as most do)?
 

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Still working on it but right now i have rad up high enough that the upper hose is not hitting the top of the brace. However, i do not have the hoses yet and i have yet to remove the upper hood brace to see if the hood will close over the cap. Time will tell wether or not i will have to notch out the brace or not. Almost seems more ligical to sell what i have and start with another rad that will fit what is already there.
 

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