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Old 02-22-2009, 11:42 AM
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Radiator mounting

So i have a little rat rod i built. I want to redo the front end to make it a little more attractive to the eye. I want to make the front end skinnier, and to do so i need a radiator that is taller than it is wide. I already have an older f150 radiator from like an '85 or so.. Thats a decent size, but it's wider then it is tall. I was wondering can you flip those radiators so they're taller then they are wide, and have it still work properly? Or in other words mount it on its side. I can make the inlet/outlet to the radiator work right, but the trans lines in/out will both be at the top of the radiator..

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There are 2 different types of radiators. One is a top/bottom tank design, mostly found on older style cars and trucks. They one tank is on top, the other at the bottom. They have the top hose connected usually about the middle of the radiator and the bottom hose is naturally on the bottom connected to the water pump. For example, a radiator on a 32 Ford is a top/bottom design.
The next design is a crossflow. They have the tanks on either side of the core. They have the top hose usually connected to either side of the radiator, like a Chevy is top right for the inlet and bottom left for the outlet.
You can't take a top/bottom design and turn it on its side and make it a crossflow and by the same token, you can't take a crossflow and stand it up to make it a top/bottom style. Hope that answers your question.
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fluids do not compress, they expand with heat and make pressure...

radiator has to have a dead air space higher than the motor at the top by the cap to bleed off the pressure...

go to a yard and pick something else,,,,radiators are available in every possible size combo and inlet/outlets
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