Right. Well today was a massive day, started at 0930 and only just finished now.. Thing is I feel a bit defeated, don't have a lot to show for my time.. But hey- what I've done is done properly at least.
So I jumped on the bus this morning and picked up my radiator (no car.. Sucks). First impressions? Positive. Pretty neat unit for $300 landed.
I should have taken a comparison shot- with a core thickness of 56mm, it's about 40% thicker than my standard radiator. Can't be a bad thing (even if it does have Chinese levels of efficiency)!
So- with abigail's approval, it was time to see if it fits!
Right- well for starters, the mounting tabs on the front are much further up than the original radiator- also, with the core being thicker, I had to move it forward a few centimeters to stop it touching the brace behind the radiator.
I made up some extension pieces to move the radiator forward and hit up Clark rubber to find some thicker rubber mounts. I ended up using door stops- one wasn't quite enough so I used 1.5 (hacksaw worked a treat).
This moved it all far enough forward and up to fit it to the car. I changed the lower radiator hose too- I used one from a 71-74 ford fairlane 6 cyl- fits a treat! At least now it's not going to leak in a month or two!
In my last post I discovered the radiator fan was missing a blade. I decided the better option is to fit an electric fan- I really don't want to pay the same and wait a month for a replacement fan from Europe.
I bought a 10" thermofan from Repco and reversed it all to pull rather than push and made some mounts from aluminum strap from bunnings.
Looks good. Like anything, very time consuming but at least it isn't held on with cable ties (my usual style!) and looks professional. I even used stainless steel bolts!
I need to drop it into a radiator place now to get a bung welded on the radiator so I can fit a fan switch. I'm not going to use one of those poxy in-hose switches- I promised myself I'd do everything properly and I'll stick to it for as long as I can!
I'm thinking a 90 degree switch- 77 degree thermostat.. Should be about right? Wiring in the relay etc will come next.
So- should I paint the radiator tanks black? It's a bit out there for me in the natural aluminum finish.. Thoughts?
I'm pretty happy with the way the fan turned out though- should be a good improvement- I mean let's face it, I'd never have bothered if the original fan was ok, but with that being broken anyway, I think this made sense.
I'm actually wondering whether to refit the fan shroud over the thermofan just to make the whole setup look a little more original- what do you guys think? You wouldn't even be able to see the electric fan if I did that... If I painted the radiator black and refitted that, then it'd look original but hopefully, work as well or a little better than the original.
Little disheartening to put so much work in and not really have anything to show.. Oh well. Once the switch is welded in I should be able to refit the radiator and put the rest of the front of Celia together.. Then we're going to be making progress!
No work tomorrow- Kate bought me tickets to skyfall (the new bond movie) at IMAX for my birthday last week.. Comes out tomorrow- meant to be pretty good too!