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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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The Bronco radiator is listed as 29" wide. The 51-54's have a 26" wide slot for a radiator. Has anyone used a 53-56 Ford Truck Radiator in a Packard?
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-384038

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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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If I remember correctly the bottom outlet on that Summit radiator will be on the wrong side for a 51-4 and if it is for a 55-6, the outlet is correct but the width may be too narrow for the cradle without some extra fill brackets. Not sure how the height will match up but I believe the 51-4 is slightly taller than the 55-6.

Posted on: 4/4 17:01:38
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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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You are correct the outlet is on the wrong side. I will need to pipe the water back to the passenger side. My fab skills aren't good enough to move the outlet.
John

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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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I would wonder if there is enough space to get a hose clamped on the outlet and 90'd to connect to a pipe or continue the hose on across without it being too close to the fan or the vibration damper.

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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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Take it to a shop and have them move it.

Posted on: 4/5 12:40:23
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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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Got my 57 Golden Hawk rad re-cored at Carnegie radiator in Pa for $480. Very nice workmanship. Kept top and bottom tanks.
Jerry at 412 279 6669

Posted on: 4/10 10:12:43
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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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I hear alot of radiator repair shops say the old tanks have micro fractures. I've never heard of this before myself....

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Re: Radiator swap or universal fit recommendations
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Hmmmmmmmm, micro cracks, too small to see so the tanks need to be replaced too because the tanks have a micro virus. Maybe. When my 1951 Packard sprung a leak the shop replaced the core and fixed a large dent in the top tank.....that was 3 years ago and the tanks are now almost 70 years old. In my life time I'm guessing that I've had 15 to 20 radiators fixed with out "micro cracks" ever being mentioned or one of the radiators leaking from a tank rupture/leaking micro crack. I think the guy who told you that meant that he uses crack and you thought he said micro crack???

Posted on: 4/10 11:06:21
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