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I am in the process of swapin in a 4.3 chev into my 82. I plan to mount the radiator in the bed. What is the best material to pipe water to the motor? I thought maybe copper or galvinized pipe???
 

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If you've got the cashola you can get radiator hose from a specialty shop for around $2 a foot. This is the route I'm thinking of going because I couldn't figure out how to get a leak free connection between the hose and pipe. Brandon did you flair your tubing or just tighten the crap out of it with hose clamps?

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Yhanks for the help guys, I think I will do the copper route. Just out of curiosity does anyone have pics?
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copper tubing works on everything.

i think that would be better then just using the hose all the way to the engine. too much of a chance to rip them up or for them to blow and you may never see it or know it.

but thats just my humble opinion! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I was gonna try aluminized exhaust tubing. but I dont know about the price <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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just read your thread and was woundering how it turned out? how hard was it to mount the radiator in the bed?
what did you finally use to run the coolant?
do you have pictures?
was it worth it?
 

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well I ended up putting it up front. I think I made a wise choice. I just didnt have the room to runn all the pipeing and stuff.

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i am putting in a ford 302 v8 , will this work for me? if so what size of tubong did you use to run to the back? and where does it run, frame, attached to under cab not frame?
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Why all of this elaborate tubing? Why not just run 1 1/2 x .065 mild steel tubing. Bend it to fit, connect it with short pieces of hose. Do you actually think it will rust any more than the inside of your block? isn't that what antifreeze does? Inhibit rust?
 

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and that is easier than just getting some slip together fittings from home depot? What I did was easy, I used epoxy to attach it, piece of cake..

I can't think of an easier way!

If I had a bender I may have done it differently but I don't :)
 

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camo kid said:
well I ended up putting it up front. I think I made a wise choice. I just didnt have the room to runn all the pipeing and stuff.

Jeff
Good idea. Was wondering why you'd go bed mounted with a 4.3 :confused: :confused: :confused:

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Brandon, how's the airflow back there?
 

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I used aluminized muffler tubing. I had the muffler guy bend it where I needed it. And then he flared the ends to match my hose size. its been working for about 5 years now.
 

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Brandon, how's the airflow back there?
I can drive over 20 miles and it don't even turn on yet (the fan), not too sure why - I just bought a new thermostat cause it should be kickin on! Stock that engine had a little one core and I have a BIG 3 or 4 core with a lot of tubing so no problem with the cooling! Flow is good, there is a little vacuum right behind the cab sucking air down, thought about putting a little "wing" to direct air but I don't need it
 
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