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loojack
Member
posted April 28, 2002 05:45 PM
Anybody use an elecrtic fan? If so, what is the best one from the wrecking yard?
Thanks in advance!


redneck racing
Member
posted April 29, 2002 01:09 PM
From what i have gathered a steel 4-5 blade fan would be your best bet. Eddie


Pickel
Member
posted April 29, 2002 08:31 PM
I run twin electric fans on mine. The best ones I have found was off of a Ford Taurus preferably the one with the 3.8 motor. The 3.0 motor will work but to me they just don't seem to have the torque that the 3.8 has. I run a 355 with 11-1 comp. camel hump heads on a 2 barrel and a 3 core radiator and it stays about 195.


KWTracer
Member
posted April 29, 2002 10:26 PM
I run electric fans on my motors and they work fine. Plus less chance of ruining a radiator.


ryan
Member
posted April 30, 2002 12:26 AM
Do you guys have any electrical problems if they get drenched with water. What year of taurus? Is nose cut open for air or is it closed off. Stock water pump or aftermarket? I have wanted to try them out regardless of all the bad things i have heard about them


redneck racing
Member
posted April 30, 2002 01:13 PM
Pickel what i gathered off of past searches the steel blades they say are the way to go but what do i know. I have thought about an electric fan, is it better than the steel blade? If running dirt what about rocks and chipping of the blade? Would a 16"-18" electric fan work? I have the same engine set up as you? Thanks Eddie


KWTracer
Member
posted April 30, 2002 01:38 PM
Water has not been a problem for me. Mine runs totally soaked. I run the fan one the motor side just like a flex. Mud and rocks have never been a problem either. Just a thought.


34Racing
Member
posted April 30, 2002 08:06 PM
My fans are mounted on the back side of the radiator (towards the motor). I believe 16-18 inch fan will work. As far as the rocks I haven't had any chipping and I run a rough track. They've been wet and I haven't had any problems. I run a stock Corvette waterpump with a big pulley off a Pontiac and a small pulley off of a Chev.


dilbert
Member
posted April 30, 2002 11:27 PM
34Racing, throw that plastic flex fan away and get a metal fan. I was in the same boat last year. For $20 a 17" metal 5-blade racing fan turned out to be the cat's meow. It seemed to me that the flex was not pulling air through, but throwing it off the ends of the blades. After playing with the shroud quite a bit, I chunked the plastic fan and cured my problem.


redneck racing
Member
posted May 01, 2002 01:16 PM
Thanks Pickel. Do you save any horsepower by running the electric fan and do you need to run a alternator for the extra juice to run it. Eddie


34Racing
Member
posted May 01, 2002 07:48 PM
34Racing,
I know the metal one is heavier, but worth the drag if it saves a motor. Be sure and take a close look at you radiator too. A bunch of bent fins or full of dirt will hurt you too.


Pickel
Member
posted May 02, 2002 08:28 PM
I believe I gain a couple horses and yes I run an alternator just to be on the safe side. I run my alt. on the rear end that way I don't have any drag on the motor.


WesternAuto17
Member
posted May 06, 2002 08:59 AM
Whether the alternator is on the front of the motor (stock) or behind (on the drive shaft), it's still a drag on the motor.

Anyway, a drag racer told me once he gained 2 tenths with a 406 when he switched to electric fans. .2 of second is a huge gain for a 1/4 mile drag racing car.

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