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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-10-2001, 02:02 PM
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\'77 Fan-to-Radiator Clearnance is CLOSE!

I have a '77 Bronco (302, 3spd, and STOCK A/C). The fan is only 1/4"-1/2" from the radiator. I had the misfortune of mating the two while on an off-road excursion a while back. I'm looking for a resolution to this problem.

Flex-A-Lite doesn't show a low-profile fan for this application, and I'm assuming that the low-profile fans they offer don't deliver the airflow needed for the V8.

I've considered an electric fan, but I have only 2 3/4" between the radiator and the bottom pulley. A low profile electric fan from Flex-A-Lite only offers 1200 cfm and I'm assuming that's not enough. Their Black Diamond fan looks good, but it's 4.5" thick, which won't fit.

I'm considering the possibility of moving the radiator and a/c condenser forward, which will require a little work since the hood latch mechanism is in the way.

Any suggestions? Has anyone else dealt with this problem?

Thanks in Advance,
John Humphrey
Wichita, KS

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-10-2001, 06:10 PM
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Re: \'77 Fan-to-Radiator Clearnance is CLOSE!

It must be the air i just looked at mine and the 289 had 1 1/2" and the 351W had 1 1/8" fan to rad so must be in the air we wish you good luck with it Bill (Topeka)

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Re: \'77 Fan-to-Radiator Clearnance is CLOSE!

DO NOT GET A FLEX FAN!!! Damned things will flex right into your radiator again. I also had the misfortune of loosing a radiator to a fan. Propelled itself into the radiator while under water. Oops!!

I moved my radiator forward. My bronco was wrecked a few years back and I had to remove the inner front clip and build custom fab a front clip to hold the radiator. It is much lighter than the stock sheetmetal. I had the ability to mount my radiator anywhere. Maybe not the best idea, but it works good.

Curt

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