Lotus Elan

Full Width Radiator

PostPost by: rdssdi » Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:43 am

Has anyone installed a new full width aluminium radiator in their +2? I would like to do this but have yet to find a source. In addition, where does the intake air hose go? Can it go over a full width unit? Thanks
Bob
rdssdi
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1426
Joined: 30 Sep 2003

PostPost by: flyinggellyfish » Tue Mar 22, 2005 8:11 am

Bob
I have the original full width rad as fitted as standard in my +2 . The air trunking runs to the side/above the rad on the os inner wing . I had my rad recored with a extra row for more capacity/cooling . A standard full width rad should not give trouble like the later narrow rads tended to do. But I had the narrow rad in my car rebuilt with extra rows and this also never overheated once recored .I fitted the wide rad as this was what my car was supposed to have in 1968 .I have lent my over cored narrow rad to a friend to test in his +2 130 to see if it helps his over norm temp probs .
The cost of narrow and wide rad recore with extra row cost ?130 each.

Rick
1968 Elan +2 . Now going back together after 18 years , you just can not rush these things .<br>Rick
User avatar
flyinggellyfish
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 53
Joined: 21 Sep 2003

PostPost by: rickf » Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:39 pm

I put in a Griffin all aliminum radiator, shoud and fan package from Summit Racing and it never even close to overheats. It's mounted tilted back. I made mounting brackets and rerouted the hoses. It has no pump mounted fan and hardly needs the electric one. I can remove everything and put the original back in. I don't use the air trunk with it. I use foam filters (for TR6) or, for autocross, open velocity stacks . This set up easily handles long periods of idling in the hot sun alternating with flogging it at low speed/airflow.
Cheers,<br>Rick<br>1972 Elan +2
rickf
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 61
Joined: 13 Feb 2004

PostPost by: lotuselanman » Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:54 am

:D :D :D
Gidday,
I have a +2S with 140 +HP, fitted a full width plus Aluminium Rad tilted back. Not a problem, in fact the reverse I have to make sure it is up to temp for track work. I live in Queensland, Australia which is pretty warm. A good worthwhile swap.
See ya, Les
lotuselanman
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 155
Joined: 20 Jul 2004

PostPost by: stelz » Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:48 am

Gday,

Does anyone know what sort of replacement radiator would work in a baby elan. I am also in Oz - Sydney and imagine there must be a modern unit that would go almost straight in - probably best to move forward in the nose ?

Any help appreciated,

Ben
User avatar
stelz
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 96
Joined: 14 Dec 2003
Location: Sydney

PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:53 pm

Most people opt for a VW Golf radiator and bolt a Ford Escort Themostat housing onto the twin-cam to act as a header tank. This is necessary because the radiators are crossflow, when fitted are below the coolant level in the cylinder head and have no coolant filler cap.
There was a recent thread discussung modern radiators etc.
Good luck
John
Beware of the Illuminati


Editor: On Sunday morning, February 8th 2015, Derek "John" Pelly AKA GrumpyBodger passed away genuinely peacefully at Weston Hospicecare, Weston Super Mare. He will be missed.
User avatar
GrUmPyBoDgEr
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 3062
Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Location: Burnham-on-Mud

PostPost by: rickf » Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:42 pm

The part number for the one I used is GRI-2-58185-XC. There's a picture of it at www.summitracing.com. Search the site by the part number. It has it's own filler neck.
Cheers,<br>Rick<br>1972 Elan +2
rickf
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 61
Joined: 13 Feb 2004

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests