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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-30-2002, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator swap.

Well here is a bit of background on my Radiator.
I have a 91YJ 4 dinger, with the stock Rad. (it is shot)
I am planning on a 350 swap hopefully sooner than later waiting on the money for it. (Tax return I hope)

I was just going to wait and when I did the swap get a new rad. however my current rad is in need of repair. I have access to a Rad from a 80's Grand Wagg.. I can get the rad for Free, and I am thinking that if it keeps a 360 cool then it will probably keep a 350 in my YJ cool

My question is how hard is this going to be to get into the YJ. Has anyone ever swapped a Full sized Jeep Radiator into a SWB Jeep. Any words of wisdom? Thanks
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Re: Radiator swap.

I did it in my CJ-5. You'll have to trim out the back of the grill, but it'll fit. You might have to get the outlets changed because I think the hoses for a Chevy are opposite the outlets for Jeep/Ford. It should keep the 350 cool it's worked great with my 351W.
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Re: Radiator swap.

I have not done the proposed swap but I wanted give a small warning. The inlets and outlets for the 360 radiator are different than what the 350 requires. The top in on the passenger side for the 360 and you might be able to get away with that if you get a nice Billet Specialties thermostat housing that swivels and use universal cut to fit hoses. The lower hose is on the driver side and the 350 is on the passenger side. You can always have t switched but it is a cost that should be factored into the conversion price. You might be better off getting yours repaired or recored, depending how bad it is, than trying a swap like that, or buying a new radiator fir the 350. Have you tried the junkyards? Someone here might even have a radiator for sale.
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Re: Radiator swap.

Here is just a though I was having after reading your replys??? If the inlet and outlet are on the wrong side... Is it possible to run the Rad Up-side-down? Is it possible, or are Rads built to only work one way? Just wondering?
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Re: Radiator swap.

1. Radiators are built to work in one orentation.
2. The tubes inside don't care which way the water goes.
3. But if you mount one "upside-down"...
4. It makes it pretty tough to fill.
5. On the bright side... you got a heck of a drain hole!
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Re: Radiator swap.

Hmmmm... Point well taken. I guess I would be looking at al lot of work to get it in there. But heck it is going to be free, I think I may put it in there for the time being... It shouldn't have any trouble keeping the 2.5L cool.
Thanks for all the input
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Re: Radiator swap.

A radiator shop can change the locations of the outlets fairly easy. I had one replaced for around $15, but that was just one outlet. Since your getting the radiator for free I'd say it's a worth while swap.
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