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posted June 02, 2003 03:47 PM
I bought the car with a slightly torn up shroud and never did anything with it, since the car never had over heating problems. This past weekend I came in and the radiator had a hole on the inside and I think a piece of the (aluminum) shroud came off and cause the leak. Does anyone have any plans or instructions to build a new shroud or is it just easier/cheaper to buy one? If so, where can I get one from?


posted June 02, 2003 03:49 PM
Unfortunately, no. The one that was on there was sheetmetal and it was just a rectangle with a round opening that stuck out about 4-5 inches. I guess it worked good because the car rarely got over 220 in Texas heat.

posted June 02, 2003 07:55 PM
Ive just always just went to the salvage yard and picked up several differant types and fabricated my own from there, the ones you buy from the speed shops dont usally bolt right up, you have to butcher them up to fit most of the time and by then youve just wasted alot of usable cash for other things.just take a stock type shroud thats close and go from there. Good Luck! Jim

posted June 02, 2003 09:19 PM
i'm with pit you can go to the junk yard and find stock ones all over the place i got mine off a metric el camino have also used ones off a nova too

posted June 02, 2003 09:36 PM
mid 80s big ford car works real good on camaros with the wide radiator have one on mine and looks good and only a small amount of modifying

posted June 10, 2003 07:00 AM
heres how i do it works great and looks even better. first go the hardware store and get some strips of 1/2 by 1/8 aluminum strips take one and bend a square to fit the radiator. take another and bend a circle slightly larger than fan. next take on each corner and connect the two together with the square up to radiator and round one half way in on fan blades. now take aluminum and and cover it all up when your done remove the frame you built and you have a custom perfect fitting fan shroud. keep the frame for when you need it again.

posted July 13, 2003 12:16 AM
i found one that had ford stamped on(hate to stick it on a chevy but it worked)i drilled two hole at the bottom and used zip ties there and two holes on the top and used pop rivets-works like a dream. fits the howe perfect

posted July 19, 2003 10:19 PM
the article powerglide is talking about is in the november issue of stock car i think. i also have a ford shroud in my monte with an aluminum extension and it works great.

posted July 20, 2003 07:02 AM
We have ours 1/4 to 1/2 of the fan into the shroud and rarely run over 160-180 degrees.

posted July 20, 2003 09:46 AM
I made my shroud quite like mtwrght29 did, with the exception of taking the frame out afterwards. My shroud also incorporates the radiator hold-down, so removing the frame was not an option.

As for how far the fan should go in the shroud, most would agree that halfway in is what to aim for.

[This message has been edited by wrenchjockey (edited July 20, 2003).]

posted July 20, 2003 01:20 PM
The article that powerglides is referencing is in the November 2002 circle track magazine. It is titled "Kool is as cool does" and yes its a very good article
Big Bear

posted July 22, 2003 07:03 PM
For $49 new shroud from or $69 from both are alum. with a hard plastic fan reach of 11" and then you cut to fit. Very easy and fool proof. (that's me FOOL) You should have the front 1/3 of the fan in the plastic circle for proper pull. Rules for ASE master mechanic cooling test are if the air blows straight at engine fan to far in, if the air blow straight out the sides of fan to far out, is the air blows at a 45 degree angle out of the shroud perfect air pull.

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