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Old 04-17-2004, 07:13 PM
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I finished making a new radiator top hose today after going to 5 parts houses and not being able to find a hose that matched. I had the option of buying one of the ebay kits with the flex hose but I didn't like the idea of having to glue a part on the radiator. I took the old hose and made a template and bought a hose that had the proper curve out of the inlet, it also had just enough straight to make the other coupling. Then I went to the local muffler shop and had them bend up the new part for me. It looks like it's going to work great. It's made out of aluminum tailpipe so it's kind thick. Any suggestions?

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Old 04-17-2004, 07:17 PM
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looks great.

don't worry about the hoses making you a ricer, hell, i have yellow ignition wires.
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Old 04-17-2004, 07:23 PM
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Finding the right radiator hose is one of hot rodding's great pleasures. Bend up a welding rod in the right shape, measure the nozzles on the pump and radiator then go to the auto parts store and start comparing your wire to the seemingly infinite variety of hoses on the wall until you find the exact piece that will fit your rod. I have yet to fail in finding a perfect match. Often it is a segment I have to cut out of the middle of a long curvy hose but I always find one.
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Old 04-18-2004, 11:27 AM
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Yeah I thought that too, it had a hose on it originally but the places I went too had nothing even close. So I figured what the heck, how hard could it be? Now I'm going to have to find a reasonable source for 1.5 inch 304 stainless. (ya know I gotta polish it too!) The pipe in there now is aluiminized steel. I don't know if it will rust or cause problems. I would think the anti freeze will minimize the rust but I would have more peace of mind knowing I'm not going to plug the radiator up. Since this was a prototype I didn't want to bend up some expensive stuff. I was thinking of having a bung welded in on the bottom just in front of the rubber hose that connects to the radiator so I could fit a temp switch in for an electric fan circuit. What do you think?



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Old 04-18-2004, 02:40 PM
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go to stainless

hi jag

very nice work on the setup...and if your at all like me- i would worry about rust as well--then do your polished ss piece...also it must be a gas running that 350-in that jag body, hows all the balance-front to rear...

as allways nice work--even gave me a idea-on my impossible lower hose...

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what about crome sink piping you can gewt at the hardware store if you could have hose running to straight pipe??
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Old 04-18-2004, 04:49 PM
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I would think with the amount of sbc to Jag conversions being done, someone would be making hoses for them. Looks cool though Mark.



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Old 04-18-2004, 06:03 PM
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Looks good. Also looks like you did some straightening of the hoses and such since your last reply. Looks fairly tidy to me.

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Old 04-18-2004, 11:41 PM
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Looks good. Also looks like you did some straightening of the hoses and such since your last reply. Looks fairly tidy to me.
Thanks Chris, all you guys with your engine bays always inspire me to do more on the engine. Yep I have moved things around and there is a lot more coming. The red silicone hose made it easier to see problem areas and fix them, I also have new polished aluminum valve covers, air cleaner (if I can get it to fit). I'm also waiting on my new aluminum fan shroud to get welded up, once that's in then in go the stainless steel overflows and washer tanks. I just hope it runs after all that

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I would think with the amount of sbc to Jag conversions being done, someone would be making hoses for them. Looks cool though Mark.
Well you would think but their all a little different, some are 350's with TPI, and some are carbed. Each one is a little different. Thanks Mike

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what about chrome sink piping you can get at the hardware store if you could have hose running to straight pipe??
Wouldn't stand up to the bending machine or the water pressure.

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very nice work on the setup...and if your at all like me- i would worry about rust as well--then do your polished ss piece...also it must be a gas running that 350-in that jag body, hows all the balance-front to rear...
Thanks Alaskan, Yeah the car is a BLAST to drive! The car is actually 300 lbs lighter than it was with the Jag 6 in it! It will pull in about 20 mpg too. That's not bad for a 3600 lb car. I like the fact it's different than a lot of conversions around too, it's basically like driving a 4 door Vette! As far as the engine goes it's actually it's a 400 small block, so you can see why cooling it is a priority with me. I plan on making the lower hose as well this way. If I can find a good source for 1.5 inch 304 Stainless I'll let you know.

Thanks for the input everyone, I'm sorry I ask so many questions at times, I just hate to have to do things more than once!

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ive got some **food grade** stainless, if you know of a way to tell what kind it is, and if theres somplace u know that can bend it, i think i could be persuaded to hook u up w/ a section .....
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Old 04-19-2004, 12:55 PM
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if you know of a way to tell what kind it is, and if there's someplace u know that can bend it, i think i could be persuaded to hook u up w/ a section .....
Well I had my local muffler shop bend it for me, I'm not sure exactly what food grade is. It might have to do with not containing any toxic materials. Thanks for the offer though. I found a place not to far from my house that sells polished 304 as remnants. I'm going to try and get the stuff bent and in tonight. Watch for more photos. I also intend to bo the bottom hose as well this way, one advantage I can already see is being able to put the hose right where you want it, also being able to weld to it will allow me to add a bung for a temp sensor. I'm also wondering if it will also cool the water a little more because it transfers heat better than rubber. Aluminum is another option and it would transfer heat even faster. Heck who knows weld up some cooling fins on the pipe and you might have something.

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Old 04-19-2004, 05:29 PM
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Looks good Mark! But where the heck did you find killer orange vacuum hose! LOL And PLEASE!! cut the ends off those orange wire ties too! ROFLMAO!!

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Old 04-19-2004, 09:49 PM
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Looks good Mark! But where the heck did you find killer orange vacuum hose! LOL And PLEASE!! cut the ends off those orange wire ties too! ROFLMAO!!
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Hehehe Actually it's RED silicone hose, I guess blue would have looked nicer but the red with the British Racing Green car matched better. I haven't cut the ends off the wire tires because I'm using those only to hold them in place until I get all the hose run. A bag of those little ones were only ,99 cents so they are expendable!

So now I'll go to my room, I've suffered humiliation from my peers

Actually I had a minor set back the 304 polished stainless I bought wouldn't bend right, it just crushed. I need to find someone with a mandrel bender I guess. So it's back to the prototype for now.

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I'm not positive, but if you run distilled water along with antifreeze I dont think you will have rust problems. Anyone have any more info on that?
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Old 04-20-2004, 04:28 AM
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I'm not positive, but if you run distilled water along with antifreeze I don't think you will have rust problems. Anyone have any more info on that?
I think deionized water would be better if I could find it. I think with the rust inhibitors in anti freeze I'll be ok for know until I can get my 304 mandrel bent.

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