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Old 09-14-2006, 08:14 AM   #1
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Radiator removal tips?

Hi, I have an 1988 290 that has a small radiator leak. I figure that the radiator will need to be removed. Any tips are appreciated. Thanks. Mike
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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Can't tell you exactly how to do it, just generally. Take it slow and take digital pictures at every step. Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:32 PM   #3
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speedcity,
welcome to the forum. I posted some shade tree instructions on this back when I removed mine for repairs.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...lues-6426.html

Things to consider:

remove the grill and work on this from the front
be careful with the oil cooler and trans cooler lines...they are hard to reach and harder to replace
consider replacing some engine accessories while you're there
water pump $50 , fan clutch $30, hydroboost pump $50....they are no fun to replace when the radiator is out let alone on the side of the road (ask me how I know this)

Lastly, take pictures and post questions on the forum. Good luck
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speedcity,
welcome to the forum. I posted some shade tree instructions on this back when I removed mine for repairs.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...lues-6426.html

Things to consider:

remove the grill and work on this from the front
be careful with the oil cooler and trans cooler lines...they are hard to reach and harder to replace
consider replacing some engine accessories while you're there
water pump $50 , fan clutch $30, hydroboost pump $50....they are no fun to replace when the radiator is out let alone on the side of the road (ask me how I know this)

Lastly, take pictures and post questions on the forum. Good luck
This helpful post is the kind that makes this site so worthwhile. (Among other reasons) Good information sharing, and a willingness to do some homework to provide helpful information.
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:05 PM   #5
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Water Pump replacement

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consider replacing some engine accessories while you're there:
water pump $50
Is there a need for a high-flow water pump or would a standard water pump work on the 454?

Wouldn't it also make sense to add separate oil & transmission coolers + a bigger electric fan to increase air flow?
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