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My Maverick uses a Mustang 2 style fron suspension with a small block Ford....I broke the radiator today (a summit aluminum 26x19...they were on sale at the time) when the car fell off the jack, so I need a new radiator. A stock Maverick radiator won't fit...I moved the engine back about 5" and the stock core support is long gone. What is a good option? I had looked at the little Scirocco radiators but they appear to have the outlet on the wrong side. Any suggestions?


EDIT: Cooling is not a big concern. It rarely gets above 140 with the summit radiator...and I haven't used the water pump since last summer.
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the summit radiators are fairly cheap and you can get them in different sizes. I run the same one 26X19 in my car and temps are much cooler than the stock radiator. They are good for the price, and if mine ever breaks I will just buy another, I am satisfied with the quality and how well it cools
 

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I liked mine too...but it was actually a little too big. Like I said, it neve gets above 140...unless I'm hot lapping in the final rounds and even then I never use the water pump other than to cool it down between rounds.

I "think" I can make a Ranger radiator work. Gonna go to the JY in a little bit and pull a few radiators & see what happens.
 

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I think the '88 Ranger/B2 radiator will work (from one that had a 2.9)...but I found my old 3 row Maverick replacement radiator...that I bought brand new right before the car underwent the transformation from stock suspension to full on drag car (including M2 front suspension). So far, the OEM Maverick front crossmember has been in the way of everything, so I really couldn't fit much of a radiator in there. As soon as I am able to, I think I am going to build my own radiator and mount it where I want it. But for now, the old Maverick 3 row is back in there...mounted and ready to go. Doesn't look real pretty, but it'll work. Now...I wonder if I can get the motor up to temp with this big ol' heavy 3 row? Even when I ran the 393 on gas...it never got hot, and now with the 414 on alky....hahaha....it MIGHT get to 140 max, and that's when I'm hot lapping in the later rounds.

Sunday's races were more work than fun...at least at first. Got the 4 link fixed in the Maverick, got the new Hoosiers on and made a good pass. Yanked the front end for about 70' and tripped the 60' timer with the new hoosiers at 1.31. Picked up a little vibration at the top end, thought it might be something in the transmission, so I jacked it up..and while jacking it up the jack pad slipped off the crossmember & crushed the nice aluminum radiator. Day was done for me....but wait, my hired driver for my other car ('84 Mustang coupe) decided that he didn't feel well enough to run all day, so I made it to yet another final round...in a car that I previously hadn't driven in over 2 years (up until the last race meet 2 weeks ago). Ended up losing by my own stupid mistake. The Mustang had run 9.11 and 9.10 all day but the final round I dropped the dial to 9.06 figuring that the oil being hot, etc...it usually picks up about .02. Guess what...car ran 9.11--and with my worst reaction time fo the day at a .512. Had two .501's, a .5002, and a .504 previously...lost the final by .0006 to a dang Vega. Guess I shouldn't complain....went to the final, took home $200+$200 for fuel contingency (split $400 with the winner)+$25 gift certificate for perfect light+$50 best reaction time of the day. Mustang doesn't run near as fast as the Maverick does, and boy am I ready to get back in the Mav! Bad part is...I'm actually getting good at axeing the tree in the Mustang.
 
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