For the last few months I have worked on rebuilding the front & rear suspension, new wiring harness, new cooling system, etc..
First time in months I get to start my car again, cranks and runs like a champ. Watched it get to temp at 180, the new electric fan kicked on and then my brand new champion radiator decided to play lets spring some leaks.
Just reached out to contact Champion and hopefully its a painless process to get it replaced.
Ouch... but considering everything that went right.... you're in pretty good shape. Congrats on a succesfull fire up.
I am happy with the process so far getting everything mechanically sound just a little bummed by the set back.
Originally Posted by merfsiu
How did the fins get all jacked? looks like some pretty good damage right there.
I just noticed that when I posted the picture. I have to go back and remove the fan to see what happened. I dont think the fan could have hit it but this is my first time with an electric fan install so it could be. Going to take a look now.
I just remeasured the fan and there is a 1/4" gap between the fan blade and the case that sits against the radiator. In the instructions there was no mention of addition spacers needed so I am going to assume this is standard.
I'm thinking you just bought another radiator. I made a fiberglass shroud for mine.
The housing for the fan is enough to dig into the radiator and damage it. SPAL recommends a gasket between the fan and radiator.
1995 GT convertible - Laser Red (RIP, old friend)
1995 GT convertible - Black (Son's ride)
1966 GT Fastback under restoration- Code T Red
with White LeMans stripes.
Maybe a socket or bolt got caught between the fan and radiator. I'm always dropping stuff when I'm wrenching. I actually put a small utility rug under the engine to catch parts/sockets when the fall. Much less crawling around looking for lost hardware.
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