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Old 02-16-2011, 03:33 PM
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Default what kind of radiators are you using?

hey, just curious as to what everyone is using to keep the v8 cool. i have a radiator in the bed but not plumbed yet, it would be easier if i could put one up front but not sure what would work. any advice would be great.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:22 PM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

What front end dress do you have, and how is the engine mounted in the cross member?
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:23 PM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

engine is using mounts from another ford pickup, f150 i think...slots cut into the cradle for them to slide into...the radiator that is in the back is quite big, from howe racing...not sure what u mean about the front end...
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:13 AM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

Don't know how your front end accessories are; some 5.0Ls have a shorter front end dress - ex the engine accessories are mounted further back, giving you more room up front for cooling. In most cases you will have to modify the core support, but depends on the fead and what type of fan setup you have. Lots of variables here...
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:43 PM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

ok, well there is not any fan assembly on the motor, just pulleys, no ac and no smog...

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modifying is not a big deal, this is a project truck that i picked up and i got it when it was half way completed...so i have to change things a bit...and im not a ford guy, so im trying to find the best way to keep this thing cool...
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:52 PM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

well, i guess there doesnt seem to be too many people interested in this one...
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:20 AM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

It's hard to tell you what way to go - most build thread indicate what radiator they used. A lot seem to go with the 91-94 Explorer 2-row radiator on 83-92 trucks. It's a direct swap in your Ranger, but the 5.0L is a lot longer than stock, especially if you have the longer FEAD. Depending on your engine's accessory setup and what fan you're planing on using will dictate what you'll have to do to get a radiator to fit (eg you might be able to get away with a flex fan without a spacer; but then again you might not want to run one - I don't know what would be ideal for you). I used the Explorer radiator and had to cut out my core support, I have a Mustang style front end dress which is a longer type. Best to get to reading other build threads for ideas. Had a huge radiator for my Grand Prix, no way it would fit w/o modifications, just make it work.. You should reasonably be able to tell whether or not if a radiator you have could possibly work. I used the Exp radiator because it's what I had; I upgraded my 2.9L w/ that radiator like 8 years ago, far before I thought I would have swapped a V8 in.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:06 PM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

ok, cool thanks alot. that helps, i know the radiator i have is way too big to go up front.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:41 AM
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Default Re: what kind of radiators are you using?

just to let ya know, i got a used 4.0 radiator and stuck it up front, works great, thanks
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