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Old 10-26-2003, 07:24 PM
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Maiden Voyage for The 53 today!

Enough of going around the block. Finally Got some balls and drove the 53 Ford Sedan to work (about 5mi) today. I'm at work so we made it. The thing drove great! I sawed the frame off 6" forward of the firewall, Had a friend weld up a rectangular tube frame section and put a 80 Chrysler K-member under it. My biggest worry was if it was going to go straight or try to park its self. It runs hotter than I'd like, 230* steady, but didn't boil over. I know the gage is good. I'll change out the thermostat mostly because I want to try the bleed hole thing. (the things you learn here) It has a 351M/auto/9" set up but I'm running the 80 Chrysler radiator and it was a slant 6. I shrouded it, have 7 blade factory fan and a trans cooler & ps cooler in front of the radiator. I'll try getting them out of the way but I believe deep down that the radiator just is't up to the task. Oh well, at least it moves now. The last tabs were from 1995 so it's been a while.

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Old 10-26-2003, 07:36 PM
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Congrats. That first "trip" is always scary...fire extinguisher in the back seat along with some tools...you hear and feel everything and wonder what will break first.
It sounds like your radiator might not be up to its task. Was it from an a/c car?
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Old 10-26-2003, 07:42 PM
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It was an a/c car but it still looks to thin. But it came with the donor Chrysler and it fit in the car but it has been a concern all along. Oh well my local junk yard just gave me a preferred customer card. Guess I'll use it. LOL
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Old 10-26-2003, 07:51 PM
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Good to hear you had a good "trip"! I think the radiator in my Nova looks a little thin too but my car has an in line 6 in it. My car has run at about 230 since Ive had a gauge in it to see what was going on. I don't drive hard or hotrod with it cause its not a hotrod its an in line 6 and there's nothing there to hotrod. I have been a little weary about my temp too but its doing fine so far.
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Old 10-27-2003, 02:14 PM
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Ahhhhh, nothing like sitting on a rathead the first voyage out in the real world! What a great ride, eh?
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Old 10-27-2003, 07:54 PM
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Congrats, I'll have to wait til next year for that feeling.
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Old 10-27-2003, 08:19 PM
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I may have fixed the hi temp problem. I realized I had the wrong radiator cap on it. Had a closed system cap on an old style open system. Changed caps today and it ran at 185 all the way to work.
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Old 10-27-2003, 08:23 PM
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Pony,

You'll know you've gone over the edge when every junkyard owner knows you by your first name...and the names of your children.

You might want to ask the local "used parts rehabilitation center" if they can recommend another stouter Mopar radiator that will fit. You'd be surprised at the amount of knowledge some of those guys have. They may also have a Hollander book.

Good luck.
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