Best radiator for a 383

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  1. Brandon Moore

    Brandon Moore New Member

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    I have a 71 demon with a 383 looking to upgrade the radiator looking for opinions and should I run an electric fan or keep the clutch fan on it

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    Car Nut Mopar Master

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    If you already have a 22 inch radiator, just have it recored for a three row. Nothing beats the look of the original radiator.
     
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    • Dana67Dart

      Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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      The factory style HP / AC radiator.

      Most be sure your fan pump, pulleys, and thermostat are all correct for the application.

      Why do you need to upgrade the radiator?

      And for God's sake don't put electric fans on there
       
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      • Brandon Moore

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        I was told a while ago to go with a 4 core radiator after I bought it. I haven't had any problems with the one I have but I haven't driven it much.i am just now able to actually fix it up and have a weekend driver.
         
      • sabre67

        sabre67 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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        if it aint broke leave it and try it first.....just sayin :welcome:
         
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        • Dana67Dart

          Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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          My dad always said:

          "The parts you don't add, don't cause you no trouble"

          And

          "If it ain't broke don't fix it"

          Words to live by!
           
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          • Professor Fate

            Professor Fate Push the button, Max...

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            Drive it. Find out for yourself if it actually needs a radiator, and don't get hung up on the "latest and greatest" carousel. We've been building and cooling these cars just fine for fifty years... Don't worry about electric fans with a mild street build. Keep it simple, keep it enjoyable.
            If you feel like you have to replace something, get rid of that upper flex hose and the plastic fuel filter. One looks cobbled and the other is dangerous.
             
          • Scody21

            Scody21 Just send it

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            Do a search for this subject. A ton of info. A single or dual core is best, has more surface area than the 3 or 4 cores. Most people don’t like the 3/4 core rads.

            As for old school or new school, to each there own. I’m running a BeCool rad and twin electric fans. My car sits at 170/180 all day long.

            A friend is running a cold case with a 5 blade fan and has no problems.

            So pick what ya want.
             
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            • Mtrhead

              Mtrhead Ace of Spades ♠️

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              OEM!!
               
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              • Ccas

                Ccas FABO Vendor FABO Vendor

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                Electric fans vs OEM fan is a wash. If you don't need the electric fans for other reasons, keep your mechanical fan. And if you haven't tested the new motor with the old radiator, at least try it. Some motors just run super efficient and dont' need an upgrade. You can always upgrade if you don't like the results.
                 
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