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Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 02:28 PM
Radiator help

Am installing a fmic on my 92 auto sc

I still have the stock radiator I would love a Griffin but ive spent too much lately

My idea is to run a v8 radiator for a t bird all aluminum or a mark 8 aluminum with a mark 8 fan if it isnt so pricey
Or at the end even a stock v8 radiator would work ??? Be better than the stock sc one ? also whats the 3 row 2 row and all that ? I want a thick radiator more area to dissipate the heat or one that would help with fmic and preventing heating issues whats my best option here

I would appreciate the help and options I have
Whether it be cheaper and efficient

Griffin is out of the picture as I spent over 2k in these past 2 months lol no more spending :rolleyes:

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 02:59 PM
Have these in mind 150 is a good price I can pay :)

http://www.southwestspeed.com/?sec=view_part&id=18497
19x29x3

19x31x3
http://www.southwestspeed.com/?sec=view_part&id=18496

NEed to go home and measure right but will these work alot better than the stock ?

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 03:42 PM
I've been running a South West Speed radiator for years now, mine is 19x24x3, and it works great. I had my buddy tig on some mounts so I could secure it.

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 03:45 PM
I've been running a South West Speed radiator for years now, mine is 19x24x3, and it works great. I had my buddy tig on some mounts so I could secure it.

Awesome! good to know
so maybe this 19x31x3 is a little too wide for me is ur size wider than the stock size ? Im a little concerned going too wide and my fmic tubes interfering with the lower radiator hose unless I plumb it a different way

bigpoppa822
06-08-2013, 03:56 PM
I've been running a South West Speed radiator for years now, mine is 19x24x3, and it works great. I had my buddy tig on some mounts so I could secure it.

Are you using stock hoses?

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 04:00 PM
Are you using stock hoses?

Doubt the stock hoses will fit so ill probably get some new ones again


NVm just saw that was for nickelman lol

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 04:47 PM
Are you using stock hoses?

Top hose yes, bottom hose no. I did a search on my old threads and found out I used a NAPA 8948 lower radiator hose, you do have to trim it to fit but it has the correct bends to clear the serpentine belt. This hose might not work with a 29" or 31" wide radiator because the bottom outlet will be much further away from the water pump than with my 24' wide unit.

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 04:56 PM
Top hose yes, bottom hose no. I did a search on my old threads and found out I used a NAPA 8948 lower radiator hose.


ONE question does this work with our overflow tank ? And does the cap for it stay 16psi ? Or higher lower pressure ?

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 04:59 PM
Awesome! good to know
so maybe this 19x31x3 is a little too wide for me is ur size wider than the stock size ? Im a little concerned going too wide and my fmic tubes interfering with the lower radiator hose unless I plumb it a different way

The stock width would be 22" so the one I'm using is 2" wider plus an inch thicker. The main difference in the two are the stock has top/bottom tanks and the other has side tanks. I'm in the process of installing a new bigger fmic but my i/c tubes still run out of the engine bay to the i/c the same way as my old fmic set up.

http://imageshack.us/a/img825/2043/newiccaisetup020.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img32/5605/newiccaisetup016.jpg

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 05:02 PM
[QUOTE=nickleman60;1037337]I'm in the process of installing a new bigger fmic but my i/c tubes still run out of the engine bay to the i/c the same way as my..


Ohh I see im gonna run my tubes through bottom so I might have space for the bigger radiator if I can get the lower hose to clear out gotta do some measurements on it
What fan are you using with this ? And wow that radiator looks good !!

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 05:08 PM
ONE question does this work with our overflow tank ? And does the cap for it stay 16psi ? Or higher lower pressure ?

The overflow nipple sticks out towards the engine so you just have use a longer hose to reach the passenger side since you have an early model car. You can buy whatever PSI cap you want for it, whether it's 16, 18 or more. I'm using the stock 94/95 fan/shroud, again my buddy tigged on some mounting tabs. These radiators don't come with a drain plug so while I have it out now I'm installing one. I did make the decorative cover on the top of it to cover up the gap between the rad and support structure.

When I first bought it years ago I took it and the stock radiator to my buddy and asked him to duplicate the stock mounting position/measurements so that it would bolt in just like the stocker.

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 05:16 PM
The overflow nipple sticks out towards the engine so you just have use a longer hose to reach the passenger side since you have an early model car. You can buy whatever PSI cap you want for it, whether it's 16, 18 or more. I'm using the stock 94/95 fan/shroud, again my buddy tigged on some mounting tabs. These radiators don't come with a drain plug so while I have it out now I'm installing one.

I see I have to make some tabs to mount the fan too
Ohh always thought rad cap had to be specific thanks for the good info , I just saw the overflow nipple on ur pics that wont be a problem just gotta worry on tabs to mount the fan

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 05:19 PM
Here's the thread on my original install.

http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102484

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 05:23 PM
Here's the thread on my original install.

http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102484

LEt me check it out

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 05:28 PM
Nice !! I see it looks really good I might even go with ur size to play it safe if its enough cooling for ur car I believe it will be more than plenty on mine

I cut off the bumper support like u did too and it gives alot of space in there which I like to have the puller ic fans and the pusher fan where the rad is at right now re routed the oil trans cooler so it doesnt block air flow to radiator too

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 05:37 PM
The water temp. on my car has never risen above 195 even after beating it down the track or extended heavy throttle/boost runs. Normal everyday driving temps are 180 and that's with a huge fmic blocking air flow.

In case you haven't noticed I don't have ac.

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 05:40 PM
The water temp. on my car has never risen above 195 even after beating it down the track or extended heavy throttle/boost runs. Normal everyday driving temps are 180 and that's with a huge fmic blocking air flow.

Nice!!
Thats what I want to make sure bo overheating occurs
Are using a 195, 180, or160 t stat ? Im gonna be having a 180 and have DD put the fans to kick in for it on the tune

nickleman60
06-08-2013, 07:33 PM
nice!!
Thats what i want to make sure bo overheating occurs
are using a 195, 180, or160 t stat ? Im gonna be having a 180 and have dd put the fans to kick in for it on the tune

180...........

Miguel5671
06-08-2013, 09:50 PM
180...........

GOT it ! Perfect thanks man