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Old 03-10-2010, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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W250 383 Conversion Issue

Helping out a friend here and his lower radiator hose is now on the wrong side. Obviously I would have known this if I searched before offering to help.

Figuring out a radiator setup is the last thing we need to fire this truck up and was wondering what the options are for radiators.

Does anyone have any experience with this swap? Truck is a 1985 and originally a 318.
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You need one of the '70s big block water pump housings that puts the inlet on the passenger side. Good luck finding one and they can be expensive when you find them. I'm holding onto the one that I have left.
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hmmm, god to know. I assumed mine was like all the rest and naturally came out on the passenger's side.
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You need one of the '70s big block water pump housings that puts the inlet on the passenger side. Good luck finding one and they can be expensive when you find them. I'm holding onto the one that I have left.
Thanks for the info! He said he found a used one and hopefully we'll have it here in a few days.
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You need one of the '70s big block water pump housings that puts the inlet on the passenger side. Good luck finding one and they can be expensive when you find them. I'm holding onto the one that I have left.
They aren't that hard to find, and I have one that I would consider letting go if needed.
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Or take the radiator you have to a radiator shop and have them braze in a new nipple and patch the old.
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or lighten up the engine a bit

http://store.440source.com/Water-Pum...s/products/71/
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