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10/8/08 12:00am - Original Message: 'Radiator Removal'
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Walla Walla, WA - USA

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1978 L-82 Pace Car

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 I'am fairly sure I have a leaky radiator, was wondering what the proper procedure to remove it and if I have to take off the hood?
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10/8/08 1:02am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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1980 with a Banks Twin Turbo 1969 Convert Big Block 1996 Grand Sport Convert

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  I just took mine out Yesterday. I understand that it is possible without removing the Hood. However I know that removing the hood is one of the easyest things you can do to a C3 and that it would be a real battle if you don't.  Just keep track of any Shims that are going to fall out when You loosen the Bolts . Plan on replacing the Seals that go around the Radiator and the Rubber Sockets that it fits into when it all goe's back togeather. Most People don't and then they get some Heating issues because the Air is going around the Radiator and not hrew it.

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10/8/08 1:06am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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1976 L48 4-spd, Mahogany Metalic exterior, Buckskin interior 350ci/350hp, 3rd owner, fiberglass spring, 255/50-16's Torq-Thrust II

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You should not need to remove your hood but having a helper is important. Not sure what your fan shroud is like but my guess is that its like whats on my 76. Not a lot of room to wiggle the radiator past it. You will want to remove the fan belts so the shroud can be moved back by the engine. Cover the radiator fins with cardboard on both sides to protect them while removing and installing. Also do a search, there are some posts on this. One other thing is to check the radiator support for rust along its bottom.
 
And I agree radiator seals are very importantWink
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10/8/08 9:20am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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Thanks for the info, It is my day off and I quess the car did not want me just sitting around 

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10/8/08 9:33am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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I agree with Suncountry's advice. Once you move the shroud back, the radiator should more or less slide out at the same angle as the rad support, which should definitely clear the hood.
 
You absolutlely need a second set of hands.
 
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10/8/08 9:36am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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Take it from Suncountry, he's right. I just replaced my radiator last year and it was a Angry, but it was done and I fine the need for speedCool.

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10/8/08 11:54am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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Make it easy on yourself, remove the hood, its easy and you can work faster without worrying about damaging your hood. Either way you do it, it will be much easier if you have a helper. Good Luck, Gene gs77vet2008-10-08 08:56:32

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10/8/08 3:48pm - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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One thing I did on my 71 is pull the fan. Then you should then be able to pull the shroud right out. I didn't pull my hood off either. 
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10/8/08 8:57pm - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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Got it out, had to do a little surgery on the AT lines since they would not break free so time for a little shopping, thanks for everyones suggestions!!!

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10/8/08 10:50pm - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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If you need a little more room installing undo the top rad support bolts and tip it towards the front of the vette.

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10/9/08 12:54am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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Is really that much harder than on a 82.  It was really easy with two people.  Did not even think about pulling the hood.   the only problem I had was with the replacement hoses.  None of them were actually easy fit.  I had to shorten one and go to a different store to get the second one. 

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10/9/08 11:48am - Reply: 'Radiator Removal'
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Goodyear or AC Delco hoses fit good. or the spectra stainless

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