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New radiator thoughts
#1
Being only a 2 week old Mustang owner I am looking at all angles of the car before getting "into" it.  The car currently has it's normal radiator (unknown if original) plus a "made in China" external somethingorother with an electric fan.   while I am NOT doing a concours resto I like things to look as they did in 1972 so want to ditch the made in china thing and just go regular radiator.   I see several of the vendors with radiators from the low $200's up to $700 ish.  I also see a slew of radiators on fleabay in the $140-$300 range.  Are the fleabay ones 'get what you pay for" or are they decent ones for the purpose?  Here are a few examples along with my current set up.  I imagine if I go aluminum I could paint it black.  I am sure the fleabay ones are also made in china but I bet a lot of vendor ones are also? Also, 2, 3 or 4 rows, which is better?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-ROWS-ALUMINUM...SwJTNb64Ve

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Row-Aluminum-...SwvIleVHp0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-ROW-ALUMINUM-...0175!US!-1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fits-1971-1973-...7da94ee16f
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#2
i'm a hugh fan of Champion alum rad's. I've used them in 4 cars and no issues at all. and they fit and are polished. first u need to define if the stang has AC or not. my '73 does not but I am using a AC 3 core rad because it's a little bigger. now u need to know if u have non-AC and go to a AC rad u will need a different shroud that covers the AC type rad. with champions I go directly to there web site or order. (champion.com)
the upper hold brackets will work going from non ac to an ac. u just move the mounting bolts outward.
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#3
thanks, champion.com gets you clothes lol. https://www.champion.com/

I see their mustang radiators just show 429ci/302ci but I am guessing it covers all in between?

Does not say anything I can see about with ac or non, I do have ac. Is there a difference between 3 core and 4 other the the 4 core being a bit thicker in some areas?

https://www.championradiators.com/Ford-M...-1971-1973
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#4
My suggestion would be for a 3 core original style steel rad. If you like the look of the Aluminum, then go for that, but 3 core at least for sure.
I had my original style rad re-cored to 3 with no regrets as I wanted to keep the factory look.
You will probably need to buy the CORRECT shroud and fan. I stress correct fan! No FLEX fans, ever. If you can't source an original fan, consider a good clutch fan set-up. These are available and do a good job. You may be able to buy a shroud from OMS for example.
Sound like you have a pile of things you are doing to your "new" car. Treat it like eating an Elephant, one bite at a time.
Good luck moving forward.

Geoff.
 I learn something new every day!
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#5
so my existing shroud and 4 blade fan need to be changed with a new radiator?
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#6
(03-01-2020, 10:10 AM)jscott Wrote: so my existing shroud and 4 blade fan need to be changed with a new radiator?
Ah, so I misread your post. You still have the original fan and shroud PLUS an electric fan on the outside, correct?
If you can get your rad re-cored to 3 or even 4 core, you would keep that original look and maybe save some money and you should have no overheating issue.
 If the reason for the outside fan was because of overheating, maybe there are other issues to deal with like the block is getting plugged up or the pump is shot. OR maybe the PO just thought it would look good, who knows!

Geoff.
 I learn something new every day!
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#7
I replaced my radiator because it leaked and thought a new shroud would spruce up the look -- but it didn't fit! Since the old shroud was in fine, just faded condition, that's what I'm using.
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#8
Aluminum radiators are fine and probably a little more efficient than copper (faster heat transfer). However, you need to consider electrolysis when using aluminum radiators, not a huge issue, just something to be aware of.
https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-alum...#pid216895



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#9
runninpony 
Just my 2 cents! I had my original to the car radiator re-cored by a local shop and added a 6-blade fan I bought from one of the Mustang parts vendors, no overheating issues!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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#10
Im rollin with a Champion radiator, it works fine.

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