Re: fan blade destroyed the radiator
I wanted to update the board. I got the job done. It wasn't too hard but getting the right radiator was a challenge. I bought a Champion Radiator (2 1/4 thick) radiator first. I could not install any fan since they center the radiator on the bracket. It had less room than I had before.
I swapped it for a EC259 which is only 1.75 inches thick. This one had the same clearance problem as the first one. It's how champion makes their radiators. I returned it and was told it needed a 'bracket job' to make a custom flange. That ended up resulting in a 2+ week delay. That radiator arrived and found the width of the flange was 1/2 short on both sides (did not fit the mounting holes). This delay was 1.5 weeks.
I got it home, measured, drilled the holes and got it installed. There were cob webs under the car it sat so long. I took it for a test drive during rush hour here in Ca. Temp was just under 170 until I got in a gridlock caused by a broken traffic signal. The temp creep-ed up to just under 190 after 20 minutes of idling.
I ended up using the Scott Drake 17 inch 6 blade fan. There wasn't enough room to install an electric fan kit. I might give the flex a lite fan a try too, since I have it here.
This Scott drake fan makes a lot of noise, starting at around 2900 rpms. It get's much louder around the 3500+ range. I thought it was coming from the transmission at first. I don't like this excess noise at all. I called SD tech support. They said it's how it is.
In my opinion, SD should put a disclaimer on the part letting everyone know how loud it'll be.
Question of the day? Is there any way to lower the noise? The factory Ford 17 inch 6 blade fan I used to have made no extra noise at all. the tips were set up differently. I wonder if this is where the noise is coming from?
Thanks for all the help the forum members gave me.
Last edited by 65merccyclone; 06-05-2019 at 06:37 PM.