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Unread 12-29-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Default Electric cooling fan suggestions

I want to put an electric cooling fan in my 1966 Mustang. It has a 302 ci engine, 4-speed. I know that NPD (and others) has one specifically for my car, but I would like to have some suggestions from people who have done this upgrade. What size fan, pusher or puller, front or rear of radiator? All suggestions apprediated.
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I would go with a 16" slim fan. The puller or puller is up to depending on which side of the radiator you put it on. Autozone sells them. That's where I got mine.
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I installed a 16" electric fan from advanced auto parts. Its setup as a puller. Its mounted on the inside of the radiator on the engine side. It works sooooo much better than that crap clutch fan. I think it was around 70 to 80 bucks, but it's a good investment to keep that 302 cool.
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I used a fan for a 1997 crown vic w/ police hd cooling, fan was 130 bucks (Advance auto)and keeps my high compression Cleveland cool in the middle of summer.
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I personally have a Flex-a Lite Black Majic 16" puller. It was a bit pricy for the quality. I had problems with the motor and the thermostat would never stay set to a particular temp.

There are some on line How-To articles on using an OE Taurus fan. I can't remember the exact address, but some searching may be worth it. U-Pull-It yards are full of these fans for cheap.

What ever you decide on, you want a puller that is as thin as you can get. I had to off-set my fan so that it would fit and I changed the temp sensor to the preset type that screws into the engine's thermostat housing.

If I had to do it all over again, I think that a Taurus fan would be my choice and I could save about 100 bucks. The Crown-Vic fan sounds good, too.
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First I highly respect what the " GREEK" states and would use his advice. For what ever it is worth, I used a Procomp 14 inch slim fan as a pusher- being in front of rad. I had room for the 16 " as my opening is 16 " tall, 17" wide ( same measurements as 16 inch fan ) . The center of the fan is 3 inches so it just cleared the opening mechanism for the hood. you can get the 14" on EBAY for $22.00 plus $ 11.00 shipping or the 16 inch for 24.95 plus $ 11.00 shipping. I bought a adjustable temp control switch from JEGS for $27.99 plus $ 9.95 shipping. I set it to turn on at 175 degrees and self shuts off about 160. Wired in a relay just in case amp draw was maybe too much. Have swith in dash. turn on when get in car and turn off when you get out. Temp controlled by thermo sticking in radiator. I tried a flex lite fan yet went to a 5 bladed stock ford a/c fan for about $50.00. I know this will cause debate- running 160 degree thermostat, seemed to help much better than running 180 thermo. As I said I like the Greeks idea better, going to do some research myself now on that set up.

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ADD ON:
I felt by using fan as pusher I could get the stock fan as close to the rad- being 1 inch away for max. effect from fan ,then have electric kick in as added cooling was needed.
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