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Dakota Boy 11-22-2012 02:47 PM

electric fan that fits these cars' radiators:
 
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late 90's Ford Contour w/ V6 engine. 24" x 16" x 3.5".
New; from ebay for 100 bucks total; shipped to my front door.
Fan controller will be mounted in the rectangular hole at the bottom left corner.

simplyconnected 11-23-2012 02:06 AM

Hey all you race car restorers and drivers... Wanna cash in on hidden horsepower? Simply install a Wide Open Throttle switch and relay.

When energized (w/the gas pedal floored), it cuts out the electric fan, A/C compressor, alternator, etc. Instant HP is delivered to the wheels.

The idea behind using an electric fan is to save gas. It never made sense to power a mechanical fan while the engine is cold. Today, modern cars use a WOT switch to get you off the rail road tracks, faster. Using it with a big V8 makes your engine feel more powerful.

As soon as you get your foot off the floorboard, everything returns to normal. - Dave

Dakota Boy 11-23-2012 09:26 AM

A buddy of mine has a '61 Impala with a pretty stout sbc stroker (cant remember the displacement). He was running 13.2's all day. Then suddenly, he went 12.8.

Why? The ONLY thing that changed was that his fan belt had snapped while heating up his slicks. He didnt know it until he got to the other end and the engine was getting too hot.

Joe Johnston 11-23-2012 10:29 AM

A neighbor of mine used to drag race in the 60's - 70's and has mentioned one of his "tricks" was to cut the fan belt. The goal was to do exactly what your friend did - hope it lasts through warm up and breaks during the run - no electric pumps or fans back then. At risk was disqualification if it broke and dropped out during warm up but not a problem if that happened down the track.

Dakota Boy 12-02-2012 08:47 PM

electric fan installed:
 
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Late 90's Ford Contour dual fan w/ shroud.

I had to remove a bit of the shroud near the water pump pulley. It's a tight fit, due to the 460 engine wedged in there.

This electric fan fits the OEM radiator perfectly. I'm also using a Flex-a-Lite 31163 electronic fan controller. It's a bit more expensive than a cheap on/off fan controller, but it's very easy to hook up (especially when you are electrically-challenged).

NYsquarebird58 12-02-2012 08:50 PM

LOVE IT!

On my "to do" list for 2013!!

simplyconnected 12-02-2012 09:41 PM

How is this fan mounted??? I don't see bolts around the edges. And, what alternator are you using (how many amps output)?

keith 12-02-2012 09:45 PM

Clean looking installation.

Dakota Boy 12-03-2012 09:12 AM

There are brackets hidden underneath to support the weight of the fan. Also, the top of the fan has a pretty stout "tab" (shown in the photo) that hooks onto the top of the radiator frame. Then I used those long plastic threaded doo-dads through the fins to snug the shroud up against the radiator.

The wires coming from the fan controller were covered with black 3/8" wire loom after I took the photo.

simplyconnected 12-03-2012 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Dakota Boy (Post 71031)
...Then I used those long plastic threaded doo-dads through the fins to snug the shroud up against the radiator.

That scares me. I learned my lesson from electric fans; never subject the cores to any part of a vibrating fan. Instead, build a reinforcement 'frame' on the plastic housing and bolt it to your horse-collar (radiator support). You can see the speed nuts left over from where your fan was mounted on a car.

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Originally Posted by Dakota Boy (Post 71031)
The wires coming from the fan controller were covered with black 3/8" wire loom after I took the photo.

That's a good thing. Make sure you fuse the power wires for both motors. If you don't, the wires and relay contacts become the fuses.


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