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Old 11-10-2018, 08:38 PM
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Width of 57 radiator and fan shroud

I bought a radiator on eBay for my 54 F100. The seller said he had it in his 56. The radiator I had in my 54 for years was from a 6 cylinder and had some tubes shut. So this was going to be a good improvement. This V8 radiator was in great shape. I put it in but the fan shroud was too narrow. At first I thought 56 radiators are wider than 54 to 55 radiators, but over on the 48 to 56 forum most guys think this radiator was originally from a 57 to 60 V8 truck....

Can someone in this forum measure the width of their radiator and their fan shroud, which should be the same. If your radiator width is the same as the one I put in my 54 I don't think a 57 shroud will work since I have a high mount fan. I will have to add some sheet metal to the sides of my shroud to widen it.

The radiator measures 24 1/32" wide.
 
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Abe welcome to the land of mis-fit toys. The dimension from outside of the flange to outside of the flange is 25.5". The flange I refer to is the one the shroud mounts to.
 
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No 1957/60 F100/250 came with a fan shroud, neither did F350's unless they had dual rear wheels. This same info also applies to 1961/66's.

Pic: Here are the parts catalog fan shroud applications from the 1957/63 truck catalog.

 
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No 1957/60 F100/250 came with a fan shroud, neither did F350's unless they had dual rear wheels.
Thanks, bill. I never knew that about 57 to 60 trucks.

Now I am not sure what I have. This rad is wider than my 54 and 55 rads but narrower than Walstons 57 radiator by more than an inch.
 
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Abe welcome to the land of mis-fit toys. The dimension from outside of the flange to outside of the flange is 25.5". The flange I refer to is the one the shroud mounts to.
Thanks Walston!

I went to my body man today and got some strips of sheet metal. I'm going to try to bolt the strips onto my flange and drill holes into the strips to attach to the radiator.
 
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That ought to work.
 

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