[Healeys] Surgery to front cross braces.
eyera3000 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 17:46:49 MST 2020
Whrn I leve in Los Angeles, i had a fan mounted in ftont of the cross bars
and blew air through my radiator on a switch control. I have been playing
with adding a fan to my car again as summers are heating up around my
parts. I pulled the radiator and the fan, but found I did not have room
between the water pump and radiator. I recently bought a slim 10" fan,
thermostat and manual switch. I have not tried installing it yet as I have
I did flush my block, and had my radiator flow tested. It was very clean.
HD cores were previously added. So if there is not enough room. I will mou
t on the brackets, but make a shroud to funnel the air at the radiator.
1959 Austin Healey BN4
On Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 1:21 PM Michael Oritt <michael.oritt at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't think you should--or need to--do what you are contemplating.
> Though some say otherwise I think it is fine to mount the fan to the front
> of the cross-braces, or at least that is what I did and the fan definitely
> helps out when in traffic, etc. BTW I did not use a thermostatic switch
> for the fan as I believe one should be able to turn it on way before the
> car starts to overheat.
> Best--Michael Oritt
> On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 3:18 PM WILLIAM B LAWRENCE <ynotink at msn.com>
>> Simon, When I installed two 10 inch Hayden fans on the front of the
>> radiator of my 100 I needed some extra space between the radiator and the
>> cross braces. They were already loose from the upper brace due to previous
>> wear and tear so I bent them forward (in relation to the front of the car)
>> at the base and re-landed them on a sheet metal angle piece that I had
>> fabricated andspot welded to the front of the top brace. That gave, in
>> this case, an extra 1" of clearance which simplified installation of the
>> radiator with the fans attached.
>> *From:* Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> on behalf of
>> simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com>
>> *Sent:* Friday, January 17, 2020 4:13 PM
>> *To:* 'Healeys' <healeys at autox.team.net>
>> *Subject:* [Healeys] Surgery to front cross braces.
>> I am having fifty thousand fits trying to install a Revotec pusher fan in
>> my 3000 MkII BT7 ie a fan that sits on the front of the radiator.
>> So…..I’ve got a Revotec kit. Decent powerful “slimline” 14” fan and a
>> pair of mounting brackets designed specifically for 3000s. (Plus a
>> thermostat etc).
>> The brackets are very nicely made. “Laser-cut”, I think they say. And the
>> destructions are well laid out and perfectly comprehensible.
>> But, not to put to fine a point on it, the bloody thing won’t fit.
>> It’s all too precise, all cut to the nearest millimetre with very little
>> scope for fettling. They probably got a 3000 and designed everything
>> precisely per that particular car and supposed that 3000s would all be the
>> same. (To the nearest millimetre!!!) I must have had the radiator in and
>> out half a dozen times. It’s not easy – on my car at least – without the
>> fan. But, with the fan, it’s a real PITA.
>> I’ve got to the stage where I give up or attack the two cross pieces with
>> an angle grinder.
>> I’m referring to the two bits of angle-iron, referred to as braces I
>> think, that are behind the radiator. They are, basically, “L”-shaped with
>> the horizontal section nearest the grille and the flat going towards the
>> radiator. I wonder if it’s imprudent to grind off about ¾ “ of both sides
>> about 4” above where they intersect and about 1½” below.
>> See the attached. I’m thinking of grinding off everything contained
>> within the black arrows.
>> I really can’t see an alternative but I’m holding off for now. Seems a
>> tad drastic……
>> Really appreciate your input on this…
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