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Old 08-13-2017, 12:15 AM   #21
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Default ...prepping to drain the radiator -

Looking up under the car from the "bottom-feeder" mouth - there is a fair amount of junk matted up there.























The radiator drain plug on the stock radiator is on the passenger-side low corner. Used an allen-wrench to turn and pop it out...when it was done draining, I pulled the top small hose from the top, passenger side of the radiator - then blew into it to help drain more fluid out.
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Removing the surge tank.


I'm pointing at the 3 bolts holding the old one in.


-disconnected the hoses leading to the surge tank.




*Side by side of the old and the new tanks














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Fan assembly and radiator removal.


I disconnected the fans, and all wiring looms attached, then removed the fan assembly first. After, I lifted the AC condenser off the support tabs of the stock radiator - where I am pointing. Then, removed the radiator after disconnecting all hoses and automatic transmission lines.


-Side by side comparison of the old fan assembly and the new.


-Nice junk and crud build-up on the stock radiator...plus a side-by-side with the new radiator. *I think the new one looks better. Thoughts?


















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Default Parts - off.

Don't forget to take off the old radiator bushing off the bottom right of the stock radiator, and put it on the new.


I also took the whole radiator shroud off for better access to the AC condenser.


*A lot of trash in the condenser.









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Default AC Condensor....chaulk-full-o-nuts!

You can really see now, all the junkity packed into the condenser. Had I known it was going to be this bad, I would have bought a new one too!


I started by using my shop-vac to vacuum out as much of the trash from the front. Then, powered-up the air compressor and back-blew he grunge out, row by row. did that about ten times through. After I did the same thing with high-pressure water about 6 times. Then blew it out again, followed by water...wash, rinse, repeat.


After about an hour and a half, I think I got out everything that will come out. My whole driveway was coated in dust, pebbles, grass, twigs, hair and gremlins.

















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So, I slid the new fan assembly onto the new radiator...then with the aid of my stepson, Clint - carefully slide the new couple into place.
Once there, I lifted the AC condenser up onto the radiator tabs, then connect the two fan plugs (plug and play, and a perfect direct fit!) and started connecting the new silicone hoses.


These photos show the new components...


*Done for the night, I will finish installation tomorrow.







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Great write up! Good luck with the upgrades.
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Impressed! I run 170 to 200 degrees 99% of the time, with 150,000 miles....and now, so will you.
Bottom feeders suck up everything. T-shirts, plastic bags, pebbles, grass etc.

So many of us complain about their temps but refuse to pull and clean the radiator and condenser.

Get some sleep and thanks for the pic's on what you did. Should help many on the Forum do a little extra maintenance. (on that dirty/clogged radiator/condenser)
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Great Pics and some serious road trash collection on the radiator and condenser!!!

Can't wait to see the rest of the install.
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After seeing that picture with the front lip.... I'm guessing that's the cause of the higher running temps.

Either way, I'm quite positive that you'll have everything back down to a nicer cooler temp.
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Also, that's an insanely good writeup. Couldn't have been more precise or specific unless you showed us how to use a ratchet.
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Great write up!!
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Default finished up today...

new surge tank installed, and some photos of the underside of the radiator.


Got all the wire looms zip-tied and clear of any moving parts...











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Very clean and neat...

Have you filled and bled the cooling system yet????
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Default All new silicone hoses...

All new silicone hoses installed + the cool-it installed (as an emergency back-up, if needed).


Put all the showy stuff back on and drove it around town and on the freeway for a few hours after I was done. Never went above 208 degrees!


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!











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Have you filled and bled the cooling system yet????


I sure did! Got her all filled up and went through the burp process.




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I sure did! Got her all filled up and went through the burp process.




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Great thread!!!! Thanks again for posting all the detail.



It may give others the push/confidence needed to minimally get the radiator out of the car and properly clean the debris from it and the AC Condenser fins.

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It may give others the push/confidence needed to minimally get the radiator out of the car and properly clean the debris from it and the AC Condenser fins.

Thanks!


Yeah, until I pulled the radiator shroud off, I really did not know how caked everything was.


I took my time and poked around the car at every step in order to learn it since I am new to Corvettes...I suppose if I just dove in an remained focused on the specific project (such as cleaning the stock radiator and AC condenser, It would have been a 4 hour job or so...but I sometimes purposefully take my time - so I can spend more time hands-on my car.
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