Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Northern Indiana
65-66 Fan Shroud. A Little Hokey Don't You Think?
So my Mustang was humming along with the original 4 blade propeller 1" from the rad core with no shroud on an offshore 3 row copper brass radiator that came very new-ish when I bought the car. Car has always run cool to cold from day one even with the 331 and a 192º thermostat. We are taking 185º max cruising and maybe 205º at the start of autocross runs. Perfect don't you think! We certainly can't have that!
So I bought a 17" 6 blade fan and a thermostatically controlled fan clutch. The good news was the airplane sound was gone under the hood but my cruise temp was up to around 190º and my idle temp was heading upwards of 210º and climbing idling in the driveway on an 80º day. The original 4 blade propeller was 1" from the core, and the clutch fan setup is at 1 3/4" from the rad core.
A brain fart caused me to forget to order the fan shroud when I ordered the fan and fan clutch so I had some time to research the proper way to install the shroud. No wonder all the reviews say these fan shrouds don't fit, what a joke! Any rational person would assume you mount the fan shroud to the rad not a flimsy bracket. So I knew all this in advance and ordered the correct SD fan shroud and 3 core brackets. This is such a hokey mess with air gaps everywhere, I don't see how it can help. Does it even look right?
65 C Code hardtop from California still wearing it's original paint.
Roller 331, TW 170 heads, T-5z, FiTech EFI, FPA Headers, Arvinode exhaust, SoT Bilstien coilover front suspension, TJ on eBay 8" 3.40 Trac-Loc 3rd member. Mustang Steve 2008 GT bracketed 12.4" front disks