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  • #305389

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Has anyone opened up the louvers on the hood sides?  I would like to get hot air out of engine compartment.  Thanks.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305391

    elmo
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    @elmo

    If you do send a photo and a description on how you cut it. I have real trouble with engine heat.

    I put in a 4 core rad and electric fan and still gets hot.

    #305392

    tetowle
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    @tetowle

    My new chevette powered manual transmission gets up to 215-220 and stays there.  The stock thermostat is 195.  I am going to flush the system and install a 160 thermostat this week.

    There is no reason you can’t add original side panels off a real td if you are good at making things look good and fit.  The kit hood sides go down and bolt below the fenders and frame.  Not necessarily needed.  Buy original sides, use a marker and mark the areas the fiberglass sides show, then cut out the inside glass on the sides, and install the louvered hood on top of the side panel and use fender welt to hide the sides.

    #305398

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Original side panels would be a great solution.  But my BCW hood is 3 inches longer than an original.  I think I can use a router to cut the openings in the side panels.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305511

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    My engine would overheat just sitting in the driveway running (with hood on).  I believe it was a weak pusher fan that just could not handle the heat.  So I got a Spal puller fan, changed to 160 degree thermostat, and added an oil cooler.  The car now runs at about 165-170 sitting in the driveway. with the hood off.  Due to some medical issues and the fact I had pulled the heater and had holes in the firewall, I have not driven on the street.  I will try driving with and without hood to see if vents are really necessary.  Besides contemplating opening up the side vents, I might add vents on the top hood.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305520

    tetowle
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    @tetowle

    do you have a part Id for the oil cooler and fan?

    #305531

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Oil cooler was one I have had for about 30 years.  It measures 15″x8″.  It may be Moroso.  Fan is Spal 11 inch medium profile pull style cooling fan, VA26-AP50CWP-44A (item 30101512)

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305667

    vilardi
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    @vilardi

    Hey Ricrx7,

    My ’52 BCW TD is a factory build and has the louvres open.  They were routed – probably during assembly.  I have not had heat issues.

    I have an original TD Hood top and placed it on top of the BCW hood in comparison.  The BCW hood is about 2 inches longer – so original sides and tops won’t work unless you move the grill back a bit.  I think it was made longer to accomodate the steering for the VW variant and it was just cheaper to keep the panels the same length on both.

    Tom

     

    Tom Vilardi
    BCW Model 52
    South Orange NJ

    #305669

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    I just finished routing the driver’s side hood.  See my post in the project section.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

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