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Old 10-05-2003, 05:10 PM   #43
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I know that they made improvements to the dog house as they went. If you remove the glove box, there should be a way to pull the carpet sourronding the dog house as a single unit, at least that was possible in the late 70's early 80's modles. Then ther is a plate held on with approx. 16 bolts. With this plate off you should be able to lay on top of the engine to remove belts or the water pump. When I did it, alongside the road no less, I took the 4 bolts off the fan where it mounts to the water pump and set the fan and clutch in the shroud to place it out of the way. Then I could pull the pump. Of course my radiator is tall and yours is wide

On my 78 if I need to do it, I shouldn't as I have a new pump on my new motor, I think I could do it from the top.

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Old 10-15-2003, 06:43 PM   #44
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After reading Will's post above...

My mechanic told me the radiator is leaking, and to repair it, along with new hoses and so on would be $816.00! I suppose that from what I've read about prices for replacement radiators or for re coring them, the clincher seems to be the labor involved, in which case I think it's not so much to pay. Still, I'd rather get a new one of those super coolers I read about above from Santa Ana. I t would cost about that same total installed.

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Old 10-16-2003, 11:07 AM   #45
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You guys remember my radiator problem on my first trip after acquiring my beloved 1985 345,I got stuck in Blythe,Ca. only 200 miles from L.A. or Pheonix the Chevy dealer can't get the right part.They send them the wrong part twice.I really wanted to put in a new radiator but I endup having the dealer send mine for rebuild which was done right and I'm very happy with the work done there.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:17 PM   #46
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Well my Argosy needs a radiator. After reading the thread several times, it appears the radiator can go out the bottom or through the front. Going out the front seems like a ton of work by dis-assembling the front end.

Peter, can you describe how you were able to remove the radiator and drop it out the bottom? Did you need to remove part of the dog-house to access it?
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:47 PM   #47
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The top hose where it fastens to the radiator is going to be a real bear and the top two bolts fastening the shroud to the radiator are going to be just as difficult.

The side supports should be accessable from the front. Each support is fastened by two 5/16 bolts to the side of the radiator.

You migjt be able to reach over the top of the radiator to get to the hose clamp.

This might be a good time to figure out how to remove the dog hose cover completely and modify it to make it easy to remove in the future.

Also while you're in there replace all the belts!


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