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Putting a 3-4 gallon cell up front in my Chevelle (converting it to a drunk with a belt drive pump), and want to change my huge 55 gallon (thats a joke, but it is huge!) aluminum radiator out for something smaller to make more room for the fuel cell, and it won't need much radiator on alky anyway..
If I can find a stock-type aluminum with plastic side tanks that's common enough NAPA/parts store would keep in stock that would be a plus, don't want to order and return 15 radiators before I find one that will work ok..
Anybody know what 'stock' application radiator would work? Something around 20-22" wide max, 19-20" or so tall, with BB chevy inlet/outlet hose arrangement..mounting is no problem, had to fab mounts for the big @$$ radiator that's in there now, mounting something smaller should be easy.
Somebody save me a a couple hours digging thru the local parts house radiator stock, please.. Big Grin
 
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I used a ford ranger radiator at one time.

Owning a chevelle with a front tank i wouldn't recommend doing it.

In hindsight I'd run the belt pump and an alum 2gallon cell sealed and fed by a stock pump drawing from the rear.
I'd have a low pressure bypass on the small tank and run it back to the rear tank. Jmho
 
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IForgot,

suggestion; most parts store will have illustrated catalogs or access to vendors websites with illustrations and dimensions.


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In reference to rear vs front fuel cells and belt drive pumps; with my personal experience, rear mounted cells with belt drive pumps are completed acceptable at least to the 5.80's 1/8 mile ET range. [I am speaking of small block powered door cars]

In addition, if you want extra volume or assurance, the parts available for bowl extensions or larger fuel bowls seems reasonable [although I have no personal experience with such]


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I don't think you're going to find a small rad which has large rad hose ports on it.

I use a rad from a Pontiac Firefly. Even has an OEM electric fan on it. I had to do a lot of adapting to fabricate a lower rad hose and my upper rad hose goes to the water pump bypass port on the intake manifold. Thermostat has a blockoff plate over the opening.


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If you do a search on Ebay for Honda radiator it will bring many small aluminum units up. I used one of these originally in my roadster. I just welded A-N fittings on the outlets and welded on brackets to mount it the way I wanted.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-ROW...AOSwCtJaAbJU&vxp=mtr

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If you do a search on Ebay for Honda radiator it will bring many small aluminum units up. I used one of these originally in my roadster. I just welded A-N fittings on the outlets and welded on brackets to mount it the way I wanted.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-ROW...AOSwCtJaAbJU&vxp=mtr

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That is what I did on both of my cars works great. The last one I got has a fan and with shipping was under $70 The total water in my hoses, radiator, pump and block is only about 1.5 gallons.


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I use a VW Sirocco rad with front cell.
71 Chevelle


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Originally posted by CURTIS REED:
If you do a search on Ebay for Honda radiator it will bring many small aluminum units up. I used one of these originally in my roadster. I just welded A-N fittings on the outlets and welded on brackets to mount it the way I wanted.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-ROW...AOSwCtJaAbJU&vxp=mtr

Curtis


This is the unit I used on my Camaro in the Desert SW, easy to install .. Hoses was not a problem. This unit has a lot of built in mounting holes... Big weight saver and clean looking unit , most who see it thinks its a trans cooler....LOL


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I sell a lot of these radiators here in Phoenix:
https://phoenix.craigslist.org...ator/6473175911.html
The smaller 21-22 inch work great for alky. Takes regular size inlet and outlet hoses.


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Thanks for replies..Honda Civic radiator looks to be the ticket!
Now if the bazillion $ worth of fuel lines and fittings will get here, we’ll have this ol’ girl drunk in no time!
 
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Hello all

Larry Woodfin how did you run with a rear mounted cell and belt drive pump.PLease give a piping description.I'm installing a toilet and already have a rear mounted cell with 10an line to front.
Thanks


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Hello all

Larry Woodfin how did you run with a rear mounted cell and belt drive pump.PLease give a piping description.I'm installing a toilet and already have a rear mounted cell with 10an line to front.
Thanks


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Hello all

Larry Woodfin how did you run with a rear mounted cell and belt drive pump.PLease give a piping description.I'm installing a toilet and already have a rear mounted cell with 10an line to front.
Thanks


James Monroe sells a surge tank that will let you keep your rear cell.


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The best, lightest radiator that I have used is the old tried and true Sirocco radiator....

Never an issue, even on gas if your tune is correct...usually working to put heat in it.


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