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jvmagic

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79' Radiator - option
« on: January 29, 2019, 06:41:02 PM »
Hi,

I notice that my radiator cap sits very close to the radiator housing (not sure it's the correct term). It almost makes it hard to loosen/tighten the cap.

Other 79' TA's I see online seem to have more spacing.  I assume these came with a heavy duty radiator option. Is this correct? 
What is the main difference between the two?

Thanks in advance,

~JV

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 10:34:55 PM »
Can you post a picture of what you mean?

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 04:08:22 AM »
To answer the question about the difference in radiators, I have two '79's, one is a 403/TH350, the other is (was) a 400/S T-10. The 400/4-Spd had the "V02 Super Cooling Radiator" or "V02 Heavy Duty Radiator" option. This radiator had 4 coils or rows in it as opposed to 3 in the standard one that my 403 had. It also came with a different type of fan clutch. It should still be relatively the same size. You can find it on your build sheet or PHS document if your car came with that radiator or still has it. I'm told that dealers highly recommended it or it might have been compulsory on 400/4-Spd T/A's sold in certain states.
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jvmagic

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 01:29:27 PM »
You can see where a wider 4-core would fit in the photo, has nothing to do with cap fit.

I'll take a photo and post.

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 10:02:36 PM »
The shrouds didn't come in a separate heavy duty version, so the shroud would have been the same, FWIW.  The tanks may well have been different. 
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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 10:02:36 PM »

jvmagic

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 04:46:30 PM »
The shrouds didn't come in a separate heavy duty version, so the shroud would have been the same, FWIW.  The tanks may well have been different.

I've seen most radiator caps have spacing between the cap and shroud.  Mine doesn't. It looks to be all original except the cap (I replaced the original due to a leak; same size cap).

radiator cap by logic1_2, on Flickr

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2019, 07:01:44 PM »
Is that your pic? There is plenty of room between cap and shroud but no room between cap and support panel because the rubber radiator mounting blocks are backwards.

Loosen off all 4 top mounting bolts shown, slip the blocks out and flip around. Retighten. Try to wipe off any old coolant stains down the tank from spills so any future caps weeps will show up.

Here's the same pic I added before.
79 TA low mile radiator cap mount by Aus78Formula, on Flickr
« Last Edit: February 08, 2019, 07:22:24 PM by Aus78Formula »

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 01:00:55 PM »
Good catch about the rubber radiator mounting pads being in backwards!
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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 11:21:40 AM »
Is that your pic? There is plenty of room between cap and shroud but no room between cap and support panel because the rubber radiator mounting blocks are backwards.

Loosen off all 4 top mounting bolts shown, slip the blocks out and flip around. Retighten. Try to wipe off any old coolant stains down the tank from spills so any future caps weeps will show up.

Here's the same pic I added before.
79 TA low mile radiator cap mount by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2019, 01:48:46 PM »
Is that your pic? There is plenty of room between cap and shroud but no room between cap and support panel because the rubber radiator mounting blocks are backwards.

Loosen off all 4 top mounting bolts shown, slip the blocks out and flip around. Retighten. Try to wipe off any old coolant stains down the tank from spills so any future caps weeps will show up.

Here's the same pic I added before.
79 TA low mile radiator cap mount by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

Did you paint the support panel? If so, what did you use?  As you can see, mine looks aged.  I'd like to spray the panel and bolts etc.  Thanks again.

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Re: 79' Radiator - option
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 03:56:44 PM »
That's a photo I saved of a low mileage original car. The support top is painted, the bolt heads and shroud are bare.

Re: 79' Radiator - option
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