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posted March 20, 2003 09:22 PM
I am building a Factory Stock and have bought an after market aluminum radiator and I am trying to figure out the best way to install it. I have an 85 Olds Cutlass and have 2x3 tubing and engine hoop to attach the radiator to the car. I haven't found any aftermarket brackets for hanging it and I am a little leary about damaging the radiator if it isn't secured properly. I could make some brackets out of 1/4 x 2" crs and bolt them to the hoop and cross member but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions which might help! Two weeks to open practice and I haven't got more than 3 hours of sleep per day between work and working on my car! I LOVE IT !!!!!!! Thanks, Kent

posted March 20, 2003 11:39 PM
on our pure stock,we took the heavy stock rad.mount and cut it down useing the bottom piece with the rubbers in the bottom and bolting it to the frame,The rad. then sits into this and useing the top stock plate with old tire tubes used to keep from rubbing holds on to the top.all in all we using the same stock mount minus all the extra weight.I even cut down and reused the stock plastic fan shroud.

posted March 21, 2003 06:24 AM
Make sure when you might this with a slight angle, with the top mounted a little father back then the top.
This forces the air to make contact with the lower side of the fins. And not just flow thru with no cooling effect.
I'm not sure of the angle but 5 degrees is running in my head.

posted March 21, 2003 11:46 AM
I weld about a 3" piece of metal C channel
to the front most part of the frame rails.
A pretty thick piece.
Lay the rad in the channel, add 2 top braces coming off the front engine compartment hoop
to hold it down on top. The C channel also
ties the front end together

posted March 21, 2003 01:55 PM
we use 2x1/8 strap and 1x1 square tubing run the strap down the inside of the frame and connect it with the 1 in then take the 2 in and make 3 saddles two for the bottom and one for the top put foam padding and old inner tubes in the saddles for it to ride on safley on the top just run another piece of the 2 in off the saddle and out to where you can bolt it to the radiator protection bars. here is mine we cut it to short so i used an old sign pole to extend it lol

posted March 21, 2003 09:52 PM
Thanks for your input! You guys have come up with some good suggestions and I appreciate it! Thanks, Kent

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