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I learned an expensive lesson. 36 Ford/SBC. Installed a Brassworks 3.5" core, two 10" pullers/shroud.(not enough room for mechanical) Ran about 205 around town, but once on the hiway temp just kept climbing. Installed a Walker, thinner core, 17" mechanical fan/shroud- 180 on the hiway, maybe 205, long idle,air on,100 ambient. Bill

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Unless I missed it....41 Coupe What?
You must be talking ford coupe. The GMs came with inline 6's and should have plenty of room. Like many people said - go with an engine fan if you can, they just plain pull more air. As far as your concern about the radiator size, quality, condition etc. No fan setup will cure that. The Walker setup with the built in conderser etc. is a sweet unit. I think they are over $600. For our 41 Pontiac coupe, I took the radiator to a shop that pulled the top and bottom off, put a new 3 row core in it, for $300. Looks stock, but they claim at least 40% better cooling than when the original was new. I was looking at, at least, cleaning and flushing and repairing the old one. I too have a budget, but this was money well spent. I ran it twice with no thermostadt, just to see how well it performed. Never got over 140 degrees, and I'm in Texas.
(actually, I think they quoted around 250 for most radiators, but our 41 was very tall so It was a custom job).
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