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Offline Jeff Wilk

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75 Eldo Radiator removal
« on: May 25, 2013, 07:39:36 AM »
Any tips here to make this easier?  How hard is this to do?
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Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: 75 Eldo Radiator removal
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 09:00:52 AM »
Shouldn't be difficult at all.

Just undo the Fan Shroud and move it back as far as you can towards the engine, remove the Transmission Cooler Lines, and Radiator hoses, and Radiator Support Bolts, and lift it out.

Might have to juggle the shroud a bit to clear the bottom radiator hose fitting as it comes out.

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Offline 76eldo

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Re: 75 Eldo Radiator removal
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 09:02:53 AM »

It's not really that hard at all.  You need to drain the rad unless you don't care about making a mess and just take off the lower hose.

Remove all of the bolts on the upper shroud, remove hoses, loosen and remove trans cooler connection using a proper wrench for flared fittings, and the radiator lifts right out.

Here's a link to show the wrenches:

You need these to break the connection loose in order to avoid rounding off the corners of the hex fitting.  Also use to get the fitting really tight on re-installation.  Once you break it loose, you can use regular wrenches to spin the fittings out.

If there's another nut on the fitting, between the line fitting and the rad for some reason, you need to hold back the other nut so that you don't spin the whole line and kink it.

It's a big car and a big opening so access is plentiful.  I usually put the lower clamp on with the screw facing up and tighten with an extra long screw driver.  It's also a good time to flush everything out and replace the hoses if they are soft and mushy.  Summer heat is coming.

Good Luck,

Brian Rachlin
Huntingdon Valley, Pa
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