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Out with the old, in with the new..radiator that is

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    Michael Ketcham
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    Mentioned a while back that I was having heat issues with my cooling system.  Hunkering down at home gave me the perfect opportunity to attempt a solution and I purchased an high performance 2 row  aluminum radiator on Ebay.  Radiator is for a 1992 to 2000 Honda Civic with automatic transmission.  Also bought  a 48 inch stainless radiator hose kit, easily cut with a hack saw and can be bent to the exact configuration. 2nd picture shows old cover sitting on top of installed new cover for comparison

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    Detail of upper bracket with radiator in place

     

    The old radiator slid into a 2 inch high U channel welded to the frame. There are 2 bolt holes used for tightening the clamp and I used them to mount lower radiator support legs. Some 3/4 inch stainless spacers kept the U bracket from collapsing when tightened down.  Legs are 1/4 inch steel from an automatic garage door lifter. 1 inch aluminum angle bar connects the 2 legs together. cut 5/8 inch holes on each side and inserted rubber grommets to isolate the radiator mount pegs from the bar.

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    I found the Everco W2495 thermostat cover has a threaded hole for  a thermo switch and replaced my original. Added benefit is that the  hose port points forward toward the radiator, rather than off to the side.

     

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    Detail of upper mounting bracket with radiator in place

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    Installed radiator, with hoses

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    Ran engine for 1/2 hour. Gauge hit 175 (indicated)  and fan kicked on. Temperature dropped to 125. Hoses never got too hot to hod by hand.  Promising!

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