When I got this truck,the prior owner had welded brake line to the hood to accentuate the factory lines.I kept going back and forth whether or not to keep them. I decided I really didnt like them. Luckily his lack of experiance was good for me,being that removing them was just as simple as grinding them off. This felt a little weird,being that I have modified the rest of the truck so much,to be returning a part of it back to "stock".
Finally got to mount the modified radiator back in the truck.Ended up having to trim the lower cross bar a little for clearance and add a vertical mount to it. Also made some simple struts to keep the radiator secure at the top as well. Even thought it felt like taking few steps backward,the end result of moving the lower neck are well worth it. The neck now has plenty of clearance and will be easier to connect to the water pump.
We ended up removing the entire corner of the lower tank.Made a new section and has the same dimensions of the tank and mount,(foot print) and install the new neck. The mount on that side now is vertical,(still have to drill the the mount holes). The radiator fits in the same exact space as it did but the outlet is in a much better position now.
In the process of doing the radiator mods,I ended up calling a buddy of mine.He has alot more aluminum tig welding experiance than me, so I thought he could help me get the welder set up right.I showed him my plan,and he suggested a little different approach...........the first picture is for reference,the others are the piece I ended up cutting out.
The radiator I bought for this project,I chose for a couple of reasons. Cost,of course, actual physical dimensions,and the fact its aluminum.I figured if its aluminum,I could modify it if nessessary. well that is going to be the case.The lower hose outlet dumps right into my front spring. My solution was to alter the outlet,(cut off) and put a new one in at a better angle.