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Old 07-19-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default 1950 Flathead 6 Radiator

Anyone running a 226 Flathead-6 in a 50 Ford car and finding the radiator to be dangerously close to the fan blades?
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:35 AM   #2
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Define "dangerously" ?
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: 1950 Flathead 6 Radiator

3/8" or even a little less is common. My stock flathead V8 was .410" away from the fan blades. But with my aftermarket radiator it is now about 5/16 (.312").
The closer the better (on a car). Cars are more rigid than old pickups. I wouldn't want mine any closer than that if it was a truck.
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Define "dangerously" ?
That's where mine is, about to put it on the road. How does your car move/drive with the 6?
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:26 PM   #5
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Put a few washers in it to bring it forward a scootch.
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Old 07-20-2019, 01:20 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1950 Flathead 6 Radiator

The fans are further away from the radiator in the trucks, as noted. In addition, the trucks have a shroud essential to avoiding overheating issues.
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