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I picked up an '03 Cobra radiator to install in the Cougar today. I have been using the stock '94 Rad that came with the car and it has lasted well over 180K hard miles and she done sprung a leak via a crack in the plastic tank just under the passenger side hose fitting. I would have to say it was not the radiator's fault but the tight fit of the '70 Pontiac upper radaitor hose I had to custom fit for my setup. I got the '03 rad for $250 and it is much thickerer then the MN12 unit and looks like it willl fit without much fab work (yea right!). For me, The best part is that the side tanks are alum rather then plastic.

I'd say it's a rather nice piece and should do the job just fine.

More later...

-Scott
 

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Cool can't wait to see the pics!:cbones:
 

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just wonder where you pick up the radiator?
local autoparts store or 5 star fords?
 

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I'm surprised you were running the stock one this long. With the size of the stocker I wouldn't have thought it had the capacity to keep that beast cool enough.
I was allways wondering if the guys (like me) with 180 T-stats really get the full advantage of it with the small stock rad. I had a three core blank one made with out brakets for less than what the Ford one costs then I fabbed and soldered brackets on.
 

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Cam94 said:
How much was the radiator? Probably a good upgrade for those of us that live in sunny Florida or any southern state!
Dr. FrankenCougie said:
I got the '03 rad for $250
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It's good to hear that there's an alternative. Haha...just my luck I learn about it a day after installing an OEM replacement! :rolleyes:

Thanks again for the info, Scott!

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Would the bigger (Higher flow?) cobra radiator help ease the heatercore blowout problem these cars have? Along with new/larger hoses? That is the main reason I'd stay away from an MN12 but if there is a solution to get cores to last a reasonable amount of time (in my 96 I was blowing the cores every two weeks for a while)

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Earl said:
Would the bigger (Higher flow?) cobra radiator help ease the heatercore blowout problem these cars have? Along with new/larger hoses? That is the main reason I'd stay away from an MN12
Earl
Nah thats Just a FORD problem.... Every Ford that our family has owned has busted a heater core.... They are just POS to begin with.....

- Our 1990 Econo 351 :) Econo Ford Van broke the core
- our 1991 Ford 3.0L Broke the core twice I beileve
- my 1996 TBird is Broken right now... hella mess [email protected]!
- My Friends 1986 Tbird Elon broke the core as well...
It seems after about 4-5 years they just go bad... its a pitty they are so hard to replace and get to ....
 

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Man, we have had fords in my family since the 60's, and not one of them has ever lost a heater core.

1957 Ford T-bird (why did he have to sell it!?!?!?!?!)

1960 Ford T-bird conv.

1962 Ford T-bird

1965 Ford Fairlane

(hiatus on the fords at this point, got a 72 AMC Javelin (still have it)

1985 Ford T-bird 5.0

1988 Ford Ranger 4x4

1990 Ford T-bird v6 N/A (never blew it's headgaskets, new owner totalled it in 1997 a week after he bought it :-(

1997 Ford T-bird (now nitrous fed :) )
 

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i would imagine the cars built in the 60's vs the cars built today probly have different heater cores in them, you think ???? As far as you newer cars ther ( 80 and above ) I'm glad you've never had problems with them..... We did, its not enough in itself to make me not like ford though.... I have seen the cores that are in our cars and they are built CHEAP IMHO....

I've never had luck with anything.... if something is going to break it seems destined to happen when I own it.
 

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Jason said:

I've never had luck with anything.... if something is going to break it seems destined to happen when I own it.
I always seem to get cars with bad trannies, and electrical gremlins....

and I know what you mean about them being cheap.....I swear they bend all kinds of out of shape when you touch em wrong.
 

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sorry Scott, didn't mean to jack your thread.........been slow at work today
 

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This is great news... since the mods I've done, my '96 bird runs hot, even with the 180* stat.... I swapped the Mac pullies out for Steedas and it runs even hotter.... of course this is summer in sunny Florida... been searchin' for a 3 core or something to cool her down...

I'm dropping the engine out next week for heads/headers install ... sounds like a good time to install a new radiator... I guess I'll be talking to Max this morning.. try to get in on the that great price before Ford catches on that we want those radiators..

Any pictures or specifics on the bracket modification, or any other tips would be appreciated...

By the way the radiator I'm taking out has only been in the car for about 4 months. If anyone needs an '96 OEM send me an e-mail or PM....

How ARE the Mets doing this year????? I've been too busy working on my car to pay attention........
 

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I see you are using an aftermarket fan....do you think a tbird shroud could be adapted to fit or would it hit the waterpump
 

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Look's great Scott :cbones:
 

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timb, I'd say the stock shroud should fit and Goldbird will know soon enough since his is on the way and he is using the stock fan. Considering the provisions are there already for the Cobra fan setup you might want to consider that one to be really cool (Pardon the pun).


I also have two larger fans in front.
 
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