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Griffin universal radiator replacement

Almost done swapping over the radiator to a Griffin universal, 16x26x3 in. Some tweaking needed but shouldn't be that big of a deal. This is $185 at Summit racing and weighs almost nothing. The factory radiator weighs SO much that the weight difference by itself is almost worth it. No weird angles so far to mount it. You will have to weld up the overflow to run it.

This is for my 308 gt4 but you get the idea for other 308s.
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-31-2012, 07:01 PM
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That is exact,,,,Grazie

A new rad for $200........At that price you can change them out like air filters on 458's.
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Thanks for sharing this ... thats how much I paid to have my stock one repaired!

cheers!
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Great thread indeed. I've also put at least that much into my stock radiator over the years.
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Granted, I'm ditching the a/c so I can't say how it would work with that BUT it has to weigh 20 lbs less than than stock and it's a 3 in thick Griffin that will outflow and out cool the stock junk. I've used them in the past on many different applications and I've always been pleased. It's not for the purist but I hope this will help some people.
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Side note, if somebody doesn't want to modify their car and wants to stay stock, my factory radiator it is on ebay, Item number: 290695670520. Ends in a day or so. Thanks
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Where are you putting the fan switch? And are you just going to run a second radiator cap on the radiator itself there?

I thought long and hard about doing the same thing but ultimately decided while I wanted better cooling, I wanted it to look somewhat stock and be able to retain the ac condensor. I have to say though, they cool TONSSSS better than the stock 'thing' although it's a bit more than triple the price! Nice job though!
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Where are you putting the fan switch? And are you just going to run a second radiator cap on the radiator itself there?

I thought long and hard about doing the same thing but ultimately decided while I wanted better cooling, I wanted it to look somewhat stock and be able to retain the ac condensor. I have to say though, they cool TONSSSS better than the stock 'thing' although it's a bit more than triple the price! Nice job though!

I am running a permacool electric fan with a thermostat and I am not using the stock expansion tank but my own up front. It seems with a/c and being diligent you could make it all work but I won't be using it in this car anyway.
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I am running a permacool electric fan with a thermostat and I am not using the stock expansion tank but my own up front. It seems with a/c and being diligent you could make it all work but I won't be using it in this car anyway.

Understood. These radiators cool tons better when the a/c condensor is not in front of them anyway. I literally cannot force my 308 to overheat now. I'm thinking of sourcing a 328 ac condensor or searching for a condensor I can basically place somewhere else other than right in front of the radiator. 328s naturally in stock form cool soooo much better mostly because of this.
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Understood. These radiators cool tons better when the a/c condensor is not in front of them anyway. I literally cannot force my 308 to overheat now. I'm thinking of sourcing a 328 ac condensor or searching for a condensor I can basically place somewhere else other than right in front of the radiator. 328s naturally in stock form cool soooo much better mostly because of this.
i bought vintage air condenser that fit the shape of my new radiator properly....like 8 years ago and still haven't actually tried it but it looks like it would work well.
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i bought vintage air condenser that fit the shape of my new radiator properly....like 8 years ago and still haven't actually tried it but it looks like it would work well.
Yeah alot of hot rod guys that put a/c on 32 fords etc have them that look nice and in custom sizes.
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i bought vintage air condenser that fit the shape of my new radiator properly....like 8 years ago and still haven't actually tried it but it looks like it would work well.

good stuff. thanks Mark.
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Just need the mounting brackets installed but here is my setup so far.
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Looking good! If you weren't going to ditch the A/C, would you still have room for the condenser?
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Looking good! If you weren't going to ditch the A/C, would you still have room for the condenser?
Yeah you would still have room for one. One thing I did was instead of putting on the permacool fan I went went a late model Ford Taurus fan. They pull a very high CFM and it just fit surface area better. BUT it was too deep so I did have to cut some of the fiberglass out of the spare tire bulge. I'm think about putting a suitcase shaped 10 gal fuel cell in that spot anyway.
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very nice cooler, and cheap!

i looked for an aftermarket one myself buy couldn't find a prper one, i guess have had to look harder. I ended up with one of a Mercedes 190 2.5 diesel which comes very close too ( and is also as a cheap aftermarket one available.

Yours does look better however..

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