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 Post subject: EL V8 radiator cores - thicker than EL 6cyl?
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:14 pm 
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Noticed my car was leaking coolant a couple of days ago, it looked like just a slow drip when I walked out to the car in the morning. Checked the header tank and it was half full so I filled it to MAX and drove off. But this morning, the water puddle under the car ( the area underneath the battery location ) was quite large.
Popped the bonnet and the header tank was below MIN, so it's leaking constantly while the car is cold.
I pulled the thermofans out and checked for the source and found that the top of the radiator appears to be leaking from around the top of the fin / tank area. Pity it wasn't just a hose clamp that needed tightening.

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My question: does the standard EL V8 radiator ( or even the EL XR8 radiator ) have thicked cores than the 6 cyl version?

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:45 pm 
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Hey Vic.

AFAIK, their all the same. Ford are tight like that.
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Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:34 pm 
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Thanks fellas.
If they are all the same then it makes getting a new one easy.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL V8 radiator cores - thicker than EL 6cyl?
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:05 am 
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Err they are wider.
V8 is 32mm, 6cyl is 25mm

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL V8 radiator cores - thicker than EL 6cyl?
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:08 am 
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the factory ford ones are the same from 6 to 8..
ask ford they will tell you...
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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:17 am 
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ashcook wrote:
TROYMAN wrote:
the factory ford ones are the same from 6 to 8..
ask ford they will tell you...


Thats exactly what I thought. And I thought Papa Smurf just confirmed that in the other thread. What could the 32mm one possible be?


i would say the 32mm would be a aftermarket replacement
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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:24 am 
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capacity, probably not much, it's about getting more surface area.

moral of the story, get an aftermarket radiator.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL V8 radiator cores - thicker than EL 6cyl?
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:36 am 
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ashcook wrote:
But it wouldn't increase surface area would it? They would still use the same length and height yeah?

air goes through the radiator though doesn't it ;)
thickness counts for surface area, more fins = more surface area = greater cooling capacity.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:08 pm 
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Then why is the one in my XR8 the thicker 32mm one, and the one that was in my EL 6 was 25mm? Both are/were factory.

Ford dont make mention of the thicker ones, because they are no longer available. People ended up just putting in the thinner ones in 8s once they died.

 

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thats a good guestion??
i no the e series v8 i have owned had a std 25mm??
and when it needed a new one (about 4 years ago now) ford told me they were the same part number..from 6 to 8..
maybe the original was different? and ford decided that supplying a 6 cyl as a replacement was good enough?
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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:24 pm 
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I've got the 5ltr plonk and replaced my busted 8 cyl radiator with a 6cyl one, there's only a few mm difference. Nothing wrong with it :) Had no problems, and with the large difference in price between the two was an easy choice to make :P
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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:27 pm 
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I just remembered a conversation with a radiator distributor in Brooklyn and he confirmed that the 6 & 8 cyl radiators are identical. I asked him about the XR8 radiator and he said they are a slightly different physical fit compared to the standard radiators.
Anyhow, yesterday I ordered a new radiator through Racetec and Brian said he'd got me a radiator which had more fins than the standard one, so I was happy. It's now in and the engine runs a lot cooler ( even in the 32° temp this arvo ).

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:14 pm 
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No problem at all Ash.
I paid $275 for the radiator and as regards the engine temp, it used to sit on "R" when it was a hot day or driving up a hill, but on the way home it was sitting between "A" and "L" when loading up the engine and driving up the Dandenong Ranges.
( using the word NORMAL on the temp gauge as the reference )

When cruising on a level road, the temp gauge needle dropped down a little to just under the word NORMAL.
The thermostat I fitted a couple of years ago is just the standard thermostat as its just a mild stroker and not a race engine.
As I still don't have the display module for the v500, I can't give you an exact temperature sorry.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:47 pm 
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i've got a 32mm near new 2core here out of my turbo as i fitted a 40mm 3 core in the turbo for doing burnouts.The differance is 4 deg with the thermo's on sitting in traffic on a 32 deg day...

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