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Old 01-02-2003, 04:30 AM
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Just came up with a very good condition stock 40 Ford radiator. Anyone know if it will cool a stock 350 Chevy good enough to run on the street?

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Randy, the big problem with cooling a 40 is the fact that the engine compartment is so tight that there's no way for the air to get out. The best solution I've found is to put louvers in the fender wells along with a plate to block the top of the radiator and a fan shroud. Do all that and that stock radiator should cool just fine.
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I agree with WoodsEdge. Getting the air to pass through the engine compartment has been the age old problem with your stated setup. However I've been running a 350 in a '40 coupe cooled by a Walker radiator and electric fan for about 12 years. I did not louver my fender panels but was ready to do so if the setup did not work. The car now only sees local street cruisng anymore, as opposed to long freeway runs, but the electric fan controls the temp. while idling in traffic and even in a couple of 4th July (and hot) parades. Good luck.

btw, not that is matters much for the cooling aspect, I do run distilled water mixed 50/50 with coolant in all my cars.
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Heres mine SBC in a 40 coupe. No problems at all. I do have a 16" 6 blade fan and a Edelbrock aluminum water pump.

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