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Old 03-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have my engine out and the entire front of the car apart in order to do a complete resto/detailing of the engine and engine bay. I plan on installing Classic Air, upgrading to a 6 blade fan, and putting on a shroud. However, my current radiator is the original (non-ac car), it has a leak, fins are beat up, is ful of deposits, and looks like crap. So, this is a daily driver...any suggestions for a new radiator? No mods, 289 auto.
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What year is the mustang? Lots of people here use champion aluminum radiators, cheap price, good quality and better cooling over stock.

Mustang Radiator 2-Row Aluminum 20" Type 340 1967-1969 | CJ Pony Parts
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I have my engine out and the entire front of the car apart in order to do a complete resto/detailing of the engine and engine bay. I plan on installing Classic Air, upgrading to a 6 blade fan, and putting on a shroud. However, my current radiator is the original (non-ac car), it has a leak, fins are beat up, is ful of deposits, and looks like crap. So, this is a daily driver...any suggestions for a new radiator? No mods, 289 auto.
64-66 had the same brass 2-row as any other Mustang, until late 66, they started putting a 3-row on factory air cars.

I have a brass 3-row cooling a 289HP bored .030 over, and a 7-blade thermal clutch fan and steel shroud on a 66. No heat problems.
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What year is your car? The '67/'68 have a larger support opening and can use the larger '68 AC 24" rad. in place of the stock non AC 20". That's what I did, 24" 3 row in place of my 20" 2 row, 6 blade fan and factory shroud.
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I have an aluminum champion radiator from eBay and love it.
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Happystang how many rows and what size...what engine are you running it with?
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Happystang how many rows and what size...what engine are you running it with?
I believe it's three row. They have one that's made specifically for my '66.

I have a mild 302.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a 1965 FB, 289, 4v. Take a look at this ebay ad. The write up is very impressive and presentes an entire argument about radiators, cooling, 2 vs 3 row, etc. What do you think?

New Aluminum Radiator 1964 1965 1966 Ford Mustang 289 V8 No 3 Row Gimmicks | eBay
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[QUOTE=thetvirus;4385218]What year is the mustang? Lots of people here use champion aluminum radiators, cheap price, and better cooling over stock"

and many within a few years experience corrosion issues (from lack of an anode that just about every major mfg installs in AL radiators), seam leaks due to poor welds (chinese production assembly type quality work)......I could go on, but you get the picture.....
when you have one of these radiators for 20+ years and it is still working fine, let me know........then we can talk quality, etc. Until then, most of the hot-rod industry (other than the paid for profit & show mechanics) have known about these issues with them for decades.....but for the mechanics of the world, most don't keep their cars around more than 5 years, are young enough that they are unaware that the standard for AL radiators use to include an anode (even factory cars) and are not even aware they are "missing"
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Count me in with 22GT on the copper/brass radiator. Shroud and 7 blade Flex-a-Lite on mine, hottest days in traffic, never over 1/2 way.
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bartl...cab you point me to the radiator you have...thanks.
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AFAIK it's the one Uncle Henry put in there to begin with. Should it ever go bad I have a personal relationship with the owner of my local radiator shop who would tell me if he can get a comparable core to fix it with. If I had to replace it in its entirety I think I would be comfortable with a Spectra Premium OE replacement unit.
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