Cooling fan upgrade

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Cooling fan upgrade

Post by PWilson45 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:07 am

Escort (1172 Sidevalve) runs a bit hot. The two bladed fan is not moving much air.
Is there a simple replacement that will increase airflow?
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Post by peteleo » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:09 pm

Flatheads usually run cool. There maybe other issues that would cause the engine to run on the hot side. Ignition too far advanced or retarded. Try 160 thermostat.

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Post by zephyrgary » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:09 pm

I had the rad on my old Zephyr re-cored. Due to advances in technology they were able to double the capacity whilst retaining both top and bottom tanks.
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Post by JAN » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:59 am

As Peteleo says, there, there could be an underlying fault; the fans aren't effective above a very low speed anyway above which the movement of air through the radiator is down to the car's speed.

Generally, either water isn't flowing into the radiator at a fast enough rate (blockage in the engine or radiator or hoses in between); or air isn't flowing through the radiator mesh fast enough to move the heat away, due to this being blocked.

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Post by enfoprefect » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:37 am

I agree. Something else is at fault. My '48 Prefect also has the 100E sidevalve, 2 blade fan and not even any shroud around it. After sitting for several years, I wanted to flush the system. Added a new 160 deg stat and let it idle for an hour with the bonnet open. I checked every few minutes and the gauge never moved off 160.
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