|This is a real tricky time consuming way to
solve the room problem.
Anyone who knows these cars, will sympathize with us as
there is very little room around the bottom outlet pipe, due to the
steering box. We knew the radiator had the safety capacity to be able to
make it 70mm narrower & still cool, but it would look both ugly & ugly,
so we spent the time fabricating an oe. type box housing for the outlet
pipe. Very hard to do in alloy compared to copper/brass, as we have to
be able to get the head of the TIG torch in around the back to weld
because of the much higher heat needed 600 deg. instead of solders
250deg.. The way aluminium dissipates heat much better than brass & the
length of heat in a soldering torch flame compared to the heat spot from
a TIG torch, make this much easier to solder as oe.
Bill Dixon gave us a little challenge to upgrade the
radiator in his 62 Corvette Convertible. The radiator had been cooling
just okay until he slipped an 11 sec. "bullet" (on street tyres) in
between the chassis rails, now he couldn't sit on 110 on the freeway
without the gauge going to the red. I think stop/start driving did the
same. He had to stop & let it cool down! We made this 57mm dimple wall
tube radiator up, & now the gauge hardley moves in any situation! He was
Top side band also acts as the fan mount.
Where it belongs, doing what it should do. A big cooling
drop to the copper/brass unit.