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Re: [FWDLK] Upgrading Radiator, Secondary Fan, Coolant Recovery Kit for 1957 Dodge



Good evening all,
I've run across a problem like this before that ended up being the lower radiator hose collapsing under suction because the spring that lives inside the hose that prevents this had corroded away.  The lower hose is the suction hose in the cooling system.  Just grab the hose when the car is cold and squeeze.  If it collapses easily you've found the problem.  
Any way around it I change out the hoses every 5 years or so.  Hose breaks down from the inside out, and they are cheap. 
Finally, I believe milodon sells what is basically a large washer that rivets onto the back of the water pump impeller to improve flow with no outside alteration.  This is a standard mod for me when I upgrade an engine.  I agree with the others though.  Mopars were always built with stout cooling systems.

Hope you figure it out...
Charles.

-------- Original message --------
From: Bob Moore <gta351c@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 6/21/19 18:28 (GMT-05:00)
To: L-FORWARDLOOK@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [FWDLK] Upgrading Radiator, Secondary Fan, Coolant Recovery Kit for 1957 Dodge

is there an optional AC Fan blade or fan shroud he could put on?

On Friday, June 21, 2019, 06:11:53 PM EDT, J T Wilson <00002a2fb69ff67e-dmarc-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I agree with Ron.  Don't throw parts at the problem.  First, the GAUGE can be reading incorrectly, so get a cheap (Harbor Freight) radiant thermometer and confirm that the radiator is overheated. Test the radiator cap. Could a radiator hose (lower usually) be collapsing?-- replacing hoses is cheap and they don't show much wear on the outside, even when badly worn inside.
 
In addition, there are OTHER CAUSES of overheating -- the cooling system may be just FINE:  in my case, I found that a dragging brake shoe caused overheating.... Easy diagnosis: Drive car, park when temp gauge starts moving way up, immediately go to each wheel and feel for heat -- if one (or more) wheel(s) (is) are hotter than the others, this could be your problem.  The Harbor Freight cheap thermometer would be helpful here.  Is your parking brake sticking (mine is on the driveshaft)?
 
The cooling system worked very well in 1957 without all the additions/expense you are considering. CONFIRM the problem and then DIAGNOSE the cause.
Good luck.... Please let us know how things work out.
 
Jim
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Waters <ronbo97@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: L-FORWARDLOOK <L-FORWARDLOOK@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Fri, Jun 21, 2019 5:50 pm
Subject: Re: [FWDLK] Upgrading Radiator, Secondary Fan, Coolant Recovery Kit for 1957 Dodge

John -
 
How do define overheating ? Does the needle go into the red when driving ? Stopped at a light ? Stuck in traffic ? Is it boiling over ? Have you used a heat gun to find out the actual temperature of the intake ?
 
Honestly, it sounds like you are just throwing parts at it, hoping one will magically solve the problem.
 
Has the radiator been tested by a radiator shop ? Have you checked your timing lately ?
 
Ron


From: Forward Look Mopar Discussion List [mailto:L-FORWARDLOOK@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Williams
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2019 4:31 PM
To: L-FORWARDLOOK@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [FWDLK] Upgrading Radiator, Secondary Fan, Coolant Recovery Kit for 1957 Dodge

In the last year or so have I had problems with overheating with my 1957 Dodge Custom Royal. I gave the cooling system a very thorough flush, and replaced the thermostat, with no improvement.
 
I'm replacing the water pump, since that was the last component to be swapped out before the trouble started. 

I'm thinking of upgrading the radiator to something with better cooling capacity. Can anyone point me in the direction of a supplier?
 
And do you have any recommendations for a second fan and for an overflow recovery kit?
 
Thank you!
 
John WillIams
 
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