Join Date: Sep 1999
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Re: why do i keep loosing radiators?HELP!!!!!!!!!!
[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Ah...Tyler, you have the benefit of getting an opinion from my best moonguy-in-chief[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]of chassis considerations. This moonguy has built them all, sprints, stockers, modifieds....you name it. And here is what he said: "What you have happening is a frame-wracking....that is the frame RAILS are not staying in the same plane. WHICH IS NOT NECESSARILY BAD.....but you have to treat the machine a little differently because of it. He says he was once on a construction job and they were waiting around for the dozer, and when the low bed got there, the truck driver pulled off the road on an angle and suddenly there was a gush of hot water from under the front bumper, and the radiator had split open. WHY???? Because the truck was so heavily loaded with that early model D9 that the axles followed the contour of the ground surface and wracked the frame so much that it took the radiator apart because one side went one way and the other side went the other. Like wise, we have had racers do that, when we were using a lightweight simple channel frame with NO crossmember to LET IT FLEX and get the car to "work" better on a steep asphalt oval track. We had to end up with the radiator mounted in a frame and the frame suspended in special flexible mounts. Some of the early American cars had the radiator framed in a full outer frame which was ITSELF mounted with an angle bracket with two holes, with two long bolts, with a SPRING under each bolt. That allowed the frame to flex and the radiator stayed in it's own little nest, safe and snug. When you went SOA, you made it easier for the axle to get a "lever" on the frame and wrack it. How about making a cage for the radiator, and mount THE CAGE to the Jeep, leaving tons of space for the fan. Mount the cage in such a way as to minimize the movement on the radiator, like just mount it in the center of each vertical cage member? Of course you can add a couple of tubular....must be tubular..crossmembers and that would also help in preventing frame wrack.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]My moonguy[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] has a headache[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
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