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Username Post: R&R radiator tips        (Topic#353053)
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Loc: kingman,az
Reg: 04-29-00
09-17-18 03:58 PM - Post#2746452    

this is what I learned from my rad. change out.
I bought a Denso from Rockauto. the factory drain is a 1/4 turn/twist and pull plug [somebodys better idea]. you need a pan to catch engine oil & trans fluid and another to catch coolant. I suggest pulling to fan. there is such limited room that dealing with the fan in place will cause foul language! you will have to pull the air box to get to the oil cooler connectors [another better idea, which isn't!]if the fan is removed the bottom of the shroud can be removed and will not be in the way. if you have the original flat squeeze hose clamps and are going to replace them with std worm drive clamps, make sure you can get a screwdriver on them when the fan shroud is in place. I drilled a 1/2" hole in the rubber splash guard and inner fender and put a 3/8" hose on the new radiator as a drain. so that next time the rad. need to be drained, the coolant would go into a drain pan, not all over everywhere. FYI, if you want to drain the block which has the factory plugs in place...plan on pulling the starter and oil cooler lines and cussing a lot!
all in all it took about 7 hours to change out. once the plumbing was undone, it takes 5 seconds to R&R. then 3+ hours to restore. ugh.
Rod in AZ


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09-17-18 05:25 PM - Post#2746467    
    In response to rod many breaks and adult beverages did you have??

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