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Old 05-30-2015, 08:37 PM   #15
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Yes this engine compartment did open nicely.
I thought that I had read here that the radiator could be dropped out the bottom.
But on the 345 it sits on top of the frame rails so no way to go out the bottom!

Getting the front open gives access to areas not easily seen otherwise. Old Heater hoses, rat eaten wires , One hydraulic line. Was routed so close to the lower engine pulley that it was rubbing there and on the outside of the frame the tire was rubbing on the same hose at full lock. Luckily it had a cover over the hose, which protected the line. But worth a look for you 345ers .

I guess I'll try the app, thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:40 PM   #16
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My '82 280 has the vertical radiator and it was dropped out the bottom when I had it re-cored a couple years back. That made it nice since very little needed to be removed to drop it out!


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Yes this engine compartment did open nicely.
I thought that I had read here that the radiator could be dropped out the bottom.
But on the 345 it sits on top of the frame rails so no way to go out the bottom!

Getting the front open gives access to areas not easily seen otherwise. Old Heater hoses, rat eaten wires , One hydraulic line. Was routed so close to the lower engine pulley that it was rubbing there and on the outside of the frame the tire was rubbing on the same hose at full lock. Luckily it had a cover over the hose, which protected the line. But worth a look for you 345ers .

I guess I'll try the app, thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:17 AM   #17
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I believe the change year from the vertical to the horizontal radiators is somewhere around 82/83. There is a big difference in weight when comparing the vertical radiators to the horizontal radiators. The vertical one in my Argosy is HEAVY and the horizontal one that I removed from the 1986 345 wasn't all that heavy. The 1984 310 that we had came with the horizontal radiator and it never had cooling problems.

I have no idea which radiator is better for cooling.
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Old 05-31-2015, 04:15 PM   #18
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Good post Bkahler, useful details for those thinking of dealing with their cooling gear in the future!
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