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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-29-2011 Thread Starter
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1996 Mustang Radiator Support install

How hard is it to install a radiator support in a 1996 Mustang? I haven't torn my Mustang apart yet. But I do plan to remove the radiator and replace it and my front bumper cover.
The radiator support is bent, and has some rust. Is it just bolted in? Or will I need to cut it out and weld the new one in?

Any help here is good. Thanks.
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I believe you need to drill out the spot welds where the two sections of metal overlap. Then re-weld in the same way.

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Can you or someone give more info on this mine is bent to **** and id like to do the work myself any pics and a walk through would be good plz and thanks
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If you can weld then this shouldn't be hard to figure out or install. If you don't weld then send it to someone that does to have the work done or your car will hate you.

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That's not good info I'm sure its simple but atleast let us kno where the weld spots are to gring
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012
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I am doing that right now on my 02. They should have the same front as far as the frame goes.
I was looking on here for someones expertise too.
So far after searching around I have found there are quite a few spot welds. Just get a angle grinder to take off the ones above the headlights and for the rest, drill and pry but do not bend too much.
If wanted i can post pics.
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I dont know if you guys are still checking on this, but i will continue my progress. i am uploading pictures now of what i am doing.
As for the places to look for spot welds, i have found that there are four main areas to look at. top right and left where the fenders are, and bottom left and right, where the bottom porton of the frame is right where the bottom of the radiator lines up.

the top right portion is as far as i have gotten today. there is multiple pieces that need to be removed. I would suggest taking the hood off considering the prop is sitting on the radiator support, the fenders, obviously the front fascia, bumper/foam, radiator and definately the power steering fluid cooler. As far as the transmission cooler i am not sure yet, i think i am going to wait till last to remove that as to not disconnect the hoses and drain.

there is two elbow frame pieces that connect the radiator support to the frame on the top portion underneath the fender. there is one on top and one underneath as to sandwich the frame and radiator support. they both need to be removed GENTLY as well.

Just trying to get the 02 steady again...

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