If you had to choose

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  1. ptpdub

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    Would you choose a chrome four blade mechanical fan or a Six Blade plastic Fan to cool a very mild 302 Neither fan will have a shroud
     

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    My first choice would be the Taurus electric fan upgrade, but if I had to choose between the 2 fans shown, I would use the metal one and toss the plastic one in the garbage.
     
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    Neither. A stock 6 blade fan is better.
    And definitely get a shroud.
     
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    That’s what I thought. Why is the plastic one junk? I have never used one before so I am uneducated.
     
  5. Krazy Comet

    Krazy Comet Tom Supporting Member

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    Watch & learn... BTW you should always use a shroud...

     
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    I don't believe either will keep the engine cool w/o a shroud. Warm/hot days, slow traffic, long train delays equal rising engine temps. A open fan is also dangerous; accidentely get a limb across a blade -- goodbye to that limb.
     
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    yellow75 MCCI Oregon State Rep Supporting Member

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    If those are your only choices then stick with metal, I would be afraid to open hood with the plastic fan turning, but like others have said shroud is needed
     
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    But keep in mind that the more blades it has, the more power it takes to rotate it. Electric is the way to go here in my opinion.
     
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    We went with a Spaal electric fan.

    No regrets here! :thumbs2:
     

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    bmcdaniel Senile Member

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    I had one of those fiberglass fans fly apart on me many moons ago. Sliced right through the upper radiator hose. Then ran a six blade aftermarket metal fan that worked ok. Neither compares to the Taurus electric fan I picked up on Craigslist for $30.
     
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    Hello, please can you share the item number or cfm of that spal fan?
     
  12. Constable

    Constable You have the right to remain silent....or not!

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    Using a shroud just makes sense. It channels the air to make cooling more efficient. I was concerned that the aluminum 3 row rad I bought for my Mav wouldn't allow me to reuse the original shroud but it did and pretty nicely at that. And A metal bladed fan always beats plastic. More rigid and moves air better. Electric is the way to go but if you want to stay original, go with a metal fan.
     

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