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Old 10-09-2003, 08:21 AM
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Just a fan question.

I know allot of folks don't like using electric cooling fans but I'm putting a sbc 350 in my '46 Chevy Panel and I've only got 3 1/4" clearance between the radiator and the end of the water pump shaft. I've moved the radiator forward as far as it can go with out cutting to much sheet metal. I did find a clutch fan thats 3 1/8" but I think thats way to close. Now the question is would I be better off going with a straight/flex fan or go with the electric??

Thanks folks

If I do go with the electric fan I'm looking at a 16" Puller fan. I can mount it high enough on the radiator to clear the end of the water pump shaft.

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Old 10-09-2003, 08:34 AM
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If you can use the stock metal fan (without the clutch) and it is somewhat centered in the radiator core; use that. The 16" electric puller will work also. That is what I am using.
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Old 10-09-2003, 09:20 AM
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Bluepen,

As you know, either one will work for you even with the tight clearance on the belt driven fan (mine is about the same). My opinion is if your not going to race your ride and a belt driven fan has the ability to pull the heat from the radiator why go electric when you have the chance of an electrical failure of some sort?
Just my opinion. BTW, I race my 66 Chevelle with a belt driven fan.

James
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Old 10-09-2003, 08:36 PM
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I'd go with the flex fan. I replaced the clutch fan on my 74 sb Corvette with a Flex-o-lite stainless steel fan and it works great. Space it per directions and use a fan shroud for proper suction and you'll be fine. Save the juice for the Stereo.
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Old 10-09-2003, 09:05 PM
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Blue Pin, My 2 Cents

BluePin,, Firs off, I would use a Flex Fan myself, I had an electric Fan setup on one of my Camaro's, and let me tell you, it was nothing nice when my fan stopped working, I was driving over 100MPH, on the Interstate, and by the time I stopped, it was Boiling my water. Which I had no idea it had stopped right away, only I look at my Guages pretty often, but At the time I was racing a F O R D Mustang, and Not paying attention, If anyone is wondering, Yes, I beat him LOL. I am not trying to act bad or anything, Fords have beat me at times on some of my other cars.

Just my 2 cents feller Rodders..

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