This afternoon I decided to tackle the radiator, fan and A/C condenser mounting. I had previously created the cradle for these items and had just recently received my radiator back from having some tabs welded onto the end tanks
First was the simple task of holding the radiator in place and measuring how much I needed to trim off the tabs as well as mark the holes for the bolts. Everything needed to be held in-place to ensure that I had clearance all around the rad without rubbing and also room for rad hoses and clamps. Then I drilled the holes in the tabs and placed the radiator back into the cradle so that I could mark where the nuts would need to be inserted.
As the welding on the nut inserts was cooling, I hooked up the fan to a 12V power supply just to see just how much air it moved, and holy crap, that thing pulls a ton of air which is great! I then took the fan and started trimming it to fit the back of the radiator cradle. Once all the trimming was finished I drilled some screw holes and used some self tapping bolt/screws to hold it all down tight.
Once the nut inserts had cooled from their initial welding, I welded them into the cradle for the radiator and attempted to bolt it all together. However, there were some more areas on the fan shroud that I needed to trim to allow the inlet/outlet of the radiator to clear. That was a simple task using the cutting wheel on the Dremel tool and then I was able to secure everything with the mounting bolts.
I didn’t quite have time to drill the holes for the A/C condenser on its cradle, but I did bolt the cradle into place to ensure that I still had all the clearance that I accounted for a long time ago.
The last task for the day was to bolt it all back into the chassis of the car to ensure that everything still fit and there was clearance around the radiator and the fan. Everything all fit according to its initial mock-up so I was a happy camper for the day 🙂