V8 Radiator Shroud Installation

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  1. jshcobra

    jshcobra Founding Member

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    After finally receiving my very expensive, but very nice v8 radiator shroud for the Ghia, I raced into the garage and proceeded to break it in two places while trying to squeeze it down between the radiator and the fan. :bang: Some JBWeld, Superglue and 24 hours did a great job of making it one piece again, but this time, I thought I'd gain some knowledge before making another attempt at installation. So, what's the trick? Do I have to pull the radiator out to install it? :shrug:
     
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    Yep, pull rad, lay shroud over fan, slide radiator back in, bolt up shroud.
     
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    Thanks Cobraman. You'd think Ford could have left an 1/8 inch or so clearance when they were designing the bloody thing.
     
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    Well, the fan works best when it's partially enclosed by the shroud. IIs are nothing, try a '69-82 Vette sometime. :bang:
     
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    Wart I'm Mad as HELL and I'M not Gonna Take it ANYMORE! Founding Member

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    You could also pull the fan. I find that's neater than dealing with antifreeze.
     
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    and its alot quicker too
     
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    My question is, if the shroud was being forced hard enough between the radiator and fan for it to break what happened to the radiator fins and tubes?
     
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    Funny thing is, I really wasn't pushing it hard. I think I may have been more optimistic about its flexibility than I should, but rest assured, no radiators were harmed in this experiment. :D
     
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    Precisely why I install the shroud first.

    That and the fact that I don't have the need to remove the shroud unless the rad is coming out anyway.

    With the shrouds (20 year old plastic, think cargo panels) being relatively brittle, I prefer not to stress them by working through them while pulling the fan.

    Wonder why the 302 got such a flimsy plastic one, while the 2.3 and 2.8 got heavier units with (apparently) more fiber/composite content? :shrug:
     
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