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How about an upgraged radiator? Can we get those made?
 

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No I meant bigger cooling capacity and maybe all aluminuim construction. Like the fludyne units. Maybe bigger fans ect
 

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Unless you really need more cooling capacity, which IMO you have other problems if you do, all a larger radiator will do is add unnecessary weight to the car.
 

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Just select one of the units from jcwhitney or summit that suits your needs. Unlike camshafts, radiators are easily adapted to a variety of engines.
 

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paulo57509 said:
Unless you really need more cooling capacity, which IMO you have other problems if you do, all a larger radiator will do is add unnecessary weight to the car.
Well with all these headgaskets blowing I hardly consider it unnecessary weight. Also engines run better when kept cooler.

Just select one of the units from jcwhitney or summit that suits your needs. Unlike camshafts, radiators are easily adapted to a variety of engines.
Hmmm i might look into this.
 

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I've got an all-aluminum 3 row... had teh bodyshop install it for me, along with my new bumper... but I've had this 3-row for a while, just sitting in the packaging... the car runs a little cooler now, but when it's really hot hot HOT outside, and humid, the temp doesn't go above 195... It used to go to 205...
 

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95Legend6Spd said:
I've got an all-aluminum 3 row... had teh bodyshop install it for me, along with my new bumper... but I've had this 3-row for a while, just sitting in the packaging... the car runs a little cooler now, but when it's really hot hot HOT outside, and humid, the temp doesn't go above 195... It used to go to 205...
what noch is 195, and 205??? mine is always one noch below th halfway mark what temp is that?
 

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>>Well with all these headgaskets blowing I hardly consider it unnecessary weight. <<

A larger radiator does not prevent leaking head gaskets.

Think about it....there's a thermostat in the cooling system which forces the engine run at a fairly constant 160-195 degrees. If the engine is running hotter than this, there's something else wrong, and it isn't because your radiator is too small or because it doesn't hold enough coolant.

>> Also engines run better when kept cooler. <<

Yes, if you're talking intake charge.

I wouldn't run an engine any cooler than the temperature it was designed to be operated at. The engine is more likely to build up sludge and it wears out faster. This is fine with drag racing engines where frequent tear-downs and parts replacement are done. PITA for your daily driver.
 

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CODY690 said:
just get a colder thermostat
Say your cooling system is functioning as it should and is able to keep the engine operating (without a thermostat) at 100 degrees F. Putting in a colder thermostat (160 vs. 195) will allow the engine to heat the coolant up to that temperature.

If on the other hand the cooling system isn't functioning as it should (which I assume is the case in question if you're overheating and blowing head gaskets) and allows the engine to operate at a temperature higher than what the thermostat is rated at, a colder thermostat doesn't do anything. It just opens sooner and stays open.

I really believe that if you take the radiator out of the car and have the tanks removed and the core rodded out (or just replace it with an OEM replacement), there is no need for increased cooling capacity unless you're running a turbo or something as radical.
 
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