| Article by:Dale
First lets cover the parts you will need to do this
Griffin Radiator Part # 7-294BC-FXX, Stant Thermostat
Part # 13358 s 335 180, and gasket. A couple of the tools required
is socket set, regular and phillips screwdriver, channel locks or
wide mouth pliers (to remove hose clamps with), Jack and Jack Stands.
1. Drain the radiator system. (The drain spout is located
on lower passenger side of radiator)
CAUTION: Make sure engine is cool so water will not be HOT.
2. Remove plastic cover over radiator. (The one with
Mustang written on it and the stickers) This is done by using the
Phillips screwdriver and removing the plastic screws. Once they are
out then pop out the locking rings they were holding in and the piece
will just lift off.
3.Disconnect the wiring harness from the
FAN and overflow bottle. Then use small socket to loosen the large
plug attached to overflow bottle brace and move wiring to the side.
4. Remove the two bolts holding the overflow bottle to the frame.
Take the hose connecting the overflow bottle loose from the radiator
cap area. Pull the bottle with bracket still attached out of the car
and set to the side.
5. Next disconnect all the hoses from the radiator. Use the channel
locks or players to squeeze the clips together and slide them onto
the hoses farther down until you can pull the hoses off. CAUTION HOT
water could pour out of these hoses.
6. Now use socket again to take out two screws on each side of fan.
Lift the fan from its holding place and set aside.
7. Now for the radiator. There are 3 bolts holding the radiator
in place. See the pictures for the location of the bolts to remove.
Once you have removed these bolts then take the two holders out and
the radiator will lift out of the bottom slots and slide out. I removed
the radiator from the bottom of the car because I did not want to
take the chance of damaging the AC line that runs directly above the
radiator location. It was very easy with the car Jacked up and on
8. Now remove the hoses from the thermostat housing and remove the
two bolts holding the housing to the upper intake. Once this is done
CLEAN the housing and the intake VERY well. I use a screwdriver to
scratch most of the old gasket and sealer off then use sand paper
to remove all the small particles so both ends are brand new looking.
9. Next place the thermostat on the housing the spring/pellet side
goes towards the intake. Use a little gasket seal to help hold it
in place while you are moving it. Next put the gasket on AFTER the
thermo so as the gasket will be touching the intake when installed.
I again use some gasket seal to hold it all in place and make sure
no leaks will occurs. Do NOT over seal use just enough to make the
connection while as to not have squeeze out into the thermo or intake.
Now replace the thermo housing and the bolts. Tightening them together
so as to not cause the thermo to squeeze to one side and you should
have a nice snug fit.
10. Next is the NEW radiator. This radiator is much larger than
the stock one so you will need to be careful so as to not bend any
fins while installing it. Again I installed mine from the bottom with
someone on top helping me guide it in without damaging it. You will
lift it up in the car and set the two bottom prongs into the lower
rubber grommets at the bottom of the car. Make sure that the old rubber
around the stock radiator is not now obstructing the front of the
new radiator. You might have to move them to the outside as I did
with the top one so I could get a nice tight fit.
11. Once installed the follow the check list backwards and everything
will be just fine. Now a note make sure you check your Antifreeze
and it is for Aluminum Radiators if not go and get some. The mixture
recommended for these cars is 20% Antifreeze / 80% Water / and some
water wetter from Redline. It is always a good idea to keep a gallon
or so of water in your trunk for a few days so if the car finds a
air bubble you will have some spare onhand to pour in. That is it
for the install and hope you enjoy your new Griffin as much as I am.
Ok here are just a few pictures taken while doing the install ..
Hope you like them and let me know if you have any questions I can
answer for you.