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Radiator fitment issue

Old 11-19-2012, 07:27 AM
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Radiator fitment issue

I have a 1976 280z coupe, MT. I bought it as a project car after it had been someone else's unfinished project. The PO did many things that I would consider strange (including painting nearly everything red).

Anyway, I was troubleshooting an issue where the fitment of the hood at the nose does not line up flush with the fenders or headlights, it's raised about 1/2 inch.

After some trial and error, I realized it's hitting the corners of the very new looking radiator. So the obvious guess here is that they installed the wrong radiator.

My thoughts on how to fix is to:

1. Move the radiator down, drill some new holes in the frame and more it down an inch. It appears there is room for such for the fan to ride an inch higher inside the shroud.

2. use a hammer and beat the corners of the radiator down until it fits...

3. Buy the proper radiator and replace the new one with another new one...

Any thoughts if this was your problem to solve?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:33 AM
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is hard to say since we do not know if the radiator is from an s130 or perhaps other. it is easy to just buy another is all up to you what is your budget. I have used s130 radiators with no problem i just re drill it to make it fit and just drop it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mayitin View Post
is hard to say since we do not know if the radiator is from an s130 or perhaps other. it is easy to just buy another is all up to you what is your budget. I have used s130 radiators with no problem i just re drill it to make it fit and just drop it.
tks... I could replace it, but think it's more worthwhile to make this one fit, rather than toss out/sell a perfectly good (albeit oversized) radiator.
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tks... I could replace it, but think it's more worthwhile to make this one fit, rather than toss out/sell a perfectly good (albeit oversized) radiator.
Where are you located Pez ?
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:28 AM
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Where are you located Pez ?
Northern Indiana...
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:46 AM
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Got it lowered... was able to come down about an inch, and have about 3/8 - 1/2 clearance between the fan and the shroud... easy peasy.
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