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My 76 Auto with A/C is running warm

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I was hoping to stop my car from overheating. I tried  to put in a 3 core  radiator that I just bought and realized that it doesn’t have an oil cooler for the transmission. I also noticed that the air conditioner had a condenser bolted to the front of the radiator. Is there another more modern way to do this or should I just take out the air conditioner.  I was hoping to get that air conditioner running one day, but it doesn’t work now and I don’t really need it too much sinceim in Los Angeles by the beach.  The condenser seems to be restricting the airflow into the radiator, which I could probably just replace with a new original one and it would help.

thanks for your advice 

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Get your original radiator recored, not cheap, but a stock radiator with a functioning water pump and t-stat should run just fine.  If you redo your a/c buy a parallel flow condenser, just measure how much room you have, these are around $125, then get a SPAL or equivalent fun with Curved blades and a rotary compressor


`73 3.0CS Chamonix, `69 2000 NK Atlantik

`70 2800 Polaris, `79 528i Chamonix

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I have found that replacing the old (Behr) condenser with a modern parallel one will restrict airflow to the radiator (even using a brand new Walloth Nesch high flow 3 row version).  My tii ran hotter than before I converted everything on the AC system. My car even has a 71 deg C thermostat.  I’m using a 12” Spal fan for the condenser AND the stock fan.   Was way too hot deleting the stock engine driven fan.

Jim Gerock


Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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If the AC condenser is an original style one, throw it out. Even if you restored the AC system, you would use modern style components in the front nose of the car. The block might have alot of build up in it. Maybe run a radiator flush through the system and bleed and drain it a couple times. Also i agree with just having your original radiator recored. Should cost about $300.

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