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Old 07-15-2004, 09:49 AM
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is this a usable radiator

ok, so I got this radiator that came with my truck when I bought it, its a big aluminum griffen radiator, but its designed to be used in, well I don't know what, but would probably fit a camaro or something with a short and wide radiator. I've stood it on its side and it fits perfectly in place of the old radiator on my truck, but the problem comes with the hook up. The radiator has 4 ports. 2 small ports that flow water through them, and the normal 2 large ports for flowing water, however, all of them are on the same side of the radiator. You can see where the tank is divided by a small weld bead, so the water would flow down one side to the opposite tank, turn around in there and flow back up the other side to the exit port. However, when I place it in my truck, the ports are all at the top of the radiator, so I would have to snake my lower radiator hose up to the top just to get it connected. i plan on running an electrical fan so it wouldn't be too hard, and the tube connecting the engine would be made out of steel since I know there wouldn't be a stock rubber hose close to this setup. i would use rubber hoses on the ends to make conenctions to the engine and radiator. I'm wondering if I should go this route, or sell the radiator to someone who is better suited to use it and buy a proper radiator for my truck. I live in florida, so cooling is a very serious issue.

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Old 07-15-2004, 10:42 AM
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Where is the inlet cap located? That radiator looks as if it should be installed long side horizontally. Also, the left hose connection (as you look at your picture) looks like an AN fitting. I have only seen that setup on circle track cars. I would play it safe and get a replacement designed to fit in your vehicle. If you turn one on its side, it would seem you are asking for flow problems. Good luck, Ed. www.edgesz28.com
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Old 07-15-2004, 09:44 PM
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You have a radiator with a AN fitting for braided hose on the top and angled inlet hose for use on either crank driven water pumps or water, fuel, power steering all in one. The latter being fogged belt driven. This radiator also has a internal heat exchanger such for use with dry sump systems and external cooling lines. It's a very expensive piece. Do you know what the fin count per inch is and it's thickness in cores. Looks to be a four core with one inch tubes and around 14 to 18 fins per inch. A four core rad. may not work well in a street car because of the pressure build up of air in front of the Rad.. The thicker the rad is the harder for air to pass though it and cooling issues can result. If it doesn't cool well for you sell it for an easy $250 and get a new one.
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Old 07-16-2004, 04:37 AM
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griffin radiator

i would sell that thing to the first person that would take it.you can buy one just like it 31"x19" with 2 ,1"cores.it won't have a drain in the bottom but you can do with out that for $179.00.if you don't have any cooling problems you can just get the one that fits your vehiclei have the one above and 16"x27 1/2" and they are both the same price at jegs.i don't no how they charge for shipping or even if they do ,i get mine at one of their stores in columbus.
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