Brackets And Radiator Installation - Brackets and Pulleys and Fans, Oh My!

Keeping your engine cool and in line with Zoops and Flex-a-lite

Mike Harrington Jul 9, 2007 0 Comment(s)
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Lightly oil the male fitting and start threading it into place. The way a braided line works is that the tapered male fitting stretches/expands the end of the hose as it gets threaded on.

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Using the AN wrench, continue threading the tapered male end into the female. The threads continually pull the tapered fitting into the hose while sealing the hose to the fitting.

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This photo shows where we had to relocate the remote reservoir and the braided hose. Continue cutting and fitting until all the power steering hoses are in place and tighten all the AN fittings down.

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When all hoses are cut to fit and pulleys are in place, this is how the brackets should appear. At this point we still haven't torqued all the bolts and brackets into place. Take time to make sure all the pulleys are lined up, and then use a marker to make a tick mark on either side of the sliding bracket for an alignment/reference point. Unless you have monkey paws, you can't tighten the adjustable brackets after they've been aligned. We have ogre-sized hands, and removed each bracket from the block and tightened the bolts on the alignment brackets (hence the tick marks on either side of the sliding bracket). The fun part comes in determining what size belts to use. Depending on where you set the alternator and power steering pump, it's a trial and error process. Save the receipts for the all varied size belts you buy, that way you can return the ones you don't use.

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With the brackets out of the way, we then moved onto installing the new radiator and fan from Flex-a-lite. The particular model we used was p.n. 51160. This crossflow, two-core aluminum radiator measures 2211/42x1811/42x7 and comes with Flex-a-lite's own patented electric fan. You can buy the fan and radiator separately, but we choose to use both. This fan, which should move up to 3000 cubic feet of air per minute, will undoubtedly keep this engine running cool-which translates into better performance and mileage.

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There she sits, the 39-year-old cooling system. It probably did a splendid job once upon a time. But now we have a larger cube engine running more horsepower, so cooling demands have increased, especially when temps hit the triple digits.

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With the radiator out of the way, we still want to keep the original radiator bracket support in place. This used to house the A/C condenser, but that had been removed long before we purchased the wagon.

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