Need help purchasing an aluminum radiator

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  1. dspr

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    Like the topic says, I need some help choosing what radiator to go with.
    I want one that'll drop right in as a replacement for the original one :)
    How many rows do you recommend? 3- or 4-row?
    I've picked up that champion seems to be the best buy?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHAMPION-Ra...rd|Model:Maverick&hash=item19ded19734&vxp=mtr

    Says to be a direct replacement, but it also says that the outlets are 1.5". I thought it was 1.75" originally?
    Ebay is flooded with different variants, so any help, links etc. for a direct fit would be greatly appreciated :)
     
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    i used a champion radiator. it's been quite some time, so i cannot remember which seller i got it from.

    factory hoses fit perfectly, the petcock hit the from crossmember though. i had the petcock removed and soldered shut, so it's now a solid plug. factory fan shroud fits without issues.

    cooling capacity is enough for my 347 stroker engine, only once on a hot day it went from the 180F i have with my thermostat up to 190F - after 30 minutes idling while waiting to get to a car show.
     
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    I used this one, dropped in and works great! On a 90 degree day keeps my 302 around 190 with a 160 thermostat and never any issues
     
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    The original one has worked good enough for me, keeping it at 190 until the fan shroud came loose this spring. That combined with having the hottest summer ever in Norway has made it run a bit too hot. Sitting in the car with the heater on full when it's 90 degrees outside just to keep it barely under 215F got unbearable eventually :p
     
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    SlotlessMan A squirrel and his nut

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    SlotlessMan A squirrel and his nut

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    Oh, and I bought one of their fans at the same time as it was pretty cheap. Got what I paid for with that, did not like its velocity or how loud it was for so little air being pulled. Bought a SPAL from Summit instead.
     
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    So a 3-row champion radiator is what I need then? Does anyone have a link for a direct-fit one, so I don't have to go out and measure thickness of outlets and such before ordering? :)
     
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    Champions are more of a universal fit. I believe the Griffin line is more of a direct fit but also they are more expensive. The Champion I bought fit mine without issue though.

    I would at least verify your outlet but their site is pretty easy to navigate...

    http://www.championradiators.com
     
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    Reading the dimensions on that link really messes things up. They show "core size" as 17 tall x 26.25 wide and "total size" as 21.13 tall x 23.13 wide. How can total width be less than core width? It's similar on every one listed.

    If you click on the link for each one, the dimensions are different.

    SPark
     
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    :huh:

    I am not sure which one you looked at but mine has these dimensions...

    Radiator Dimensions:
    Total:
    20.75" tall (21.25" with cap) x 22.25" wide (with brackets)
    Core: 16" tall x 19.5" wide x 2.5" thick
    Inlet: 1.5" passenger side
    Outlet: 1.75" passenger side
    Tanks: 3" thick
    Tubes: 0.63" thick

    It was a bolt in with no mod needed
     
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    rayzorsharp I "AM" a Maverick!

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    You can contact Cid at Champion directly and he will make sure you get the correct radiator. His email is cid@championcooling.com
    Quite a few of us went thru him a while back when they first started selling Maverick radiators. Might even get a better price if you mention you're a member of the Maverick forum. He was giving us special pricing at one time so it won't hurt to ask. :)
     
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    I have one of the original champion radiators from the group buy Jimmy set up.. It fits good , contact cid he wont let you down...
     
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    I will, thank you very much :)
     
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