Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Olympic Peninsula
Lower radiator hose with late model 5.0 / 5.8
This isn't a question, really, as I have already found the answer, but more of a helpful note to those in the same boat...
When swapping a late model 302 / 5.0 / 5.8 into an early Mustang, Falcon, ect. there is the issue of the lower radiator hose. This post is for those who are scouring the internet for solutions because they just discovered that the late model water pump's port now exits on the driver's side instead of the passenger of the earlier water pumps. The problem is that the radiator still has the outlet on the passenger side. There are several solutions to this that I am aware of.
1: Buy a 1970 radiator, as it has the outlet on the driver's side to match your late model water pump.
2: Scott Drake makes a conversion hose set (C4ZE-8260/86-50) that gets so/so reviews
3: Ron Morris makes a crossover hose that appears quite nice, but is about $130
4: Universal lower hose. Fairly cheap, but looks bad and doesn't have factory-type bends in it.
I didn't like any of those options, so I took a piece of fuel line I had laying around, bent it into the shape of the radiator hose I needed, and off to the parts stores I went. After several stops, return trips to test fit, and an entire day of aggravation, I finally found the solution! Drum roll..............
Gates part number: 23308 Approx. $27
It is a factory replacement upper radiator hose for a 1996-2003 Ford E-350 with the 7.3 diesel. After trimming about 1.5-2" off of each end, it is a perfect fit. It drops down beautifully from the drivers side water pump port, down and around the harmonic balancer, in front of the sway bar, and neatly curves back into the radiator.
I made this post because I had searched every forum I could think of, googled 'till my eyes hurt and never found a definitive answer. I hope this saves some time, money and frustration for a few folks!
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