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30-Mar-02 Installing the Front Clip Part 1

Doing the dirty deed.



I get e-mails all the time asking when I plan on fitting the hood. To tell you the truth, I've been putting it off because it has to be one of the worst parts (in my opinion) of building a street rod.

If I plan to get this thing fired up someday soon, I'm going to have to install the radiator and since that is a major component of the front clip, it looks like the time has come to bite the bullet. Hopefully this won't be too painful!
ImageI finally get to unpack the cool AFCO aluminum radiator! I guess it's about time. I feel bad, AFCO helps sponsor this site, and I have yet to show you their radiator. Oh well, good things come to those who wait and you're going to have to wait a little longer before I cover the radiator in detail. For now, with the protective cardboard still in place, I'm just trying to figure out the final location when the front clip is mounted and what will be the best way to mount it.

For those of you who are saying to yourself “wasn't he just working on the fuel system?” the answer is yes, but there was a small problem. Gary from Pure Choice Motorsports faxed me some dimensions and was waiting to hear back from me. The problem was that I forgot to give him my new fax number and he had sent it to the old fax number. Consequently the order didn't ship until we got this all straightened out - no big deal.
ImageIt's also time to bring out the hood and hood sides. Let's see, I've had them in the box for about two years now. No wonder there's a little surface rust here and there. Fortunately it's very light and can easily be removed with steel wool.
ImageThis is a lower radiator mounting kit. The bottom mounts of a radiator are spring-loaded to isolate the radiator from any twisting of the frame. If the radiator were mounted solid and the frame flexed enough, it could crack a radiator.
ImageThe kit doesn't include instructions but fortunately Spellchecker Bob sent a photo of the proper order. The rubber pad goes between the frame and the radiator with the spring on top. I may need to raise the radiator slightly to make enough room for my lower hose to clear the frame.
ImageFor the time being I used a couple of the exhaust hangar isolators for spacers under the radiator.