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Old style radiator new style motor..

So i have a 1953 f100 radiator i want to hook upto a 351w. I'm a bit confused on how to make the 2 work.. The radiator has 4 necks for coolant hoses (2 on the the top and 2 on the bottom).. But you only need and inlet and outlet for the windsor motor.. So does anyone have any idea how i would go about making that radiator work with the newer motor? I was thinking i could have someone weld up one coolant neck on the top and the bottom.. But i'm really unsure how those radiators were intended to work?

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Back in the day, that's exactly how it was done when switching from a 4 hose motor to a 2 hose motor....meaning seal off the 2 you don't need.

I am positive that it is still being done today by some. A friend has the same deal on a 34 ford with a SBC and it cools fine. (lots of folks say it won't work....or say: why cheap out?)
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Also, use opposite sides, rather that using the inlet and outlet on the same side. It may still cool ok that way, but it's tons better when opposite.
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So i have a 1953 f100 radiator i want to hook upto a 351w. I'm a bit confused on how to make the 2 work.. The radiator has 4 necks for coolant hoses (2 on the the top and 2 on the bottom).. But you only need and inlet and outlet for the windsor motor.. So does anyone have any idea how i would go about making that radiator work with the newer motor? I was thinking i could have someone weld up one coolant neck on the top and the bottom.. But i'm really unsure how those radiators were intended to work?
What you have is a radiator for a flat head V8. These used dual water pumps, thus the pairs of inlet and outlet bibs.

Your choices are to use one of each top and bottom bib and plug the unused one. Or construct a Y or T manifold out of copper plumbing parts or welded steel tube to split the out going flow at the top to both inlets and do the same at the bottom for the outlet into the pump. You could do the same with large diameter stainless braid hose and fittings, but this is the high price spread, though would look beyond cool.

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