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Old 05-29-2013, 12:45 PM
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Can anyone tell me what the original radiator thickness is for a '58 Bird?

Trying to fit the ABS fan shroud and the bottom appears to need a spacer to connect to the core support correctly.

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Old 05-31-2013, 09:00 AM
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If I stand on the driver's side and measure the thickness
of the left "tank", I get 2 1/2". The tank is what the lower radiator hose goes into. (this may be the wrong word but you get the idea)

The radiator cooling fins in the rear seem to be about 1/4" recessed as compared to the solid tank. So if the front fins are also recessed 1/4" (guessing here as I could not reach them), the finned portion of the radiator is about 2" thick.

(I also have a '58; the radiator is original although re-cored). Holler if this is not sufficient information!

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Old 05-31-2013, 10:55 AM
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John,
Thanks for the information. That's the same thickness I came up with on my '58.

I just wanted to confirm what I had there.

Thanks again.
Leonard
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:02 PM
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I have an original Galaxie shroud I have never gotten
around to using. I could take pictures and/or measurements
of it for you.

John
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I appreciate that John. The issue I have is the shroud does not fit flush with the core support. I can either re-drill the mounting arms and move them forwad about 5/8" or put spacers between the core support and mounting arms.

I've made my spacers but I still may move the arms. Hoping to get this done this weekend.

Thanks for your help.

Leonard
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Leonard, it was my understanding that the ABS shroud should fit right on. However, I could be wrong. I would suggest that you give Don at the Bird Nest a call and talk with him, if you have not. He might be able to help. Like JohnG I have a Galaxie metal shroud on Rose. The mounting tabs at the bottom of it had to be moved to make it mount properly, as I recall.
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I appreciate that John. The issue I have is the shroud does not fit flush with the core support. I can either re-drill the mounting arms and move them forwad about 5/8" or put spacers between the core support and mounting arms.

I've made my spacers but I still may move the arms. Hoping to get this done this weekend.

Thanks for your help.

Leonard
Hi Leanard,
I had what sounds like similar install issues with the shroud I got from Dearborn a few yrs back. I had to modify the lower mounting brackets a little to get it all to come together. Good luck!
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Thanks for the information Don. Getting ready to go out and tackle the problem.

I'll let y'all know how it turns out.

Leonard
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Finally got the fan shroud on.

Had to use 5/8" spacers made from tubing with 5/16 - 24 x 2" bolts to get the lower half to go on. Original bolts were too short. Top half fit perfectly.

Now......on to the next part of the project.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

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Good on ya Leonard, perserverence mate, perserverence!
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