Getting desperate. 98 Cobra with a possible lower hose leak, so decided to replace all since it's 21 yrs old. The vapor tank-to-thermostat isn't available, but can be fabricated. And the thermostat-to-crossover pipe claimed to be a replacement isn't. It's mis-listed by Gates themselves, and the number subsequently quoted by retailers. It's waaay too short. So, returned it without replacing. Refilled and burped.
Pressure test showed problem to be the radiator bleeding down onto the lower hose. Now I can't find a radiator. All the non-racing/plastic tank listings I've found are A/T versions claiming to be compatible. Even though the integrated trans
cooler doesn't need to be used, the pipe fittings look as though they'll very likely interfere with the fan shroud mounting. After the discouraging "compatible" experience with the hose search and fail I really don't want to order a "Sure, it fits, even though the car you entered has never had an automatic" just to send it back when it's wrong. LMR, Parts Geeks, Rockauto, American Muscle, Denso, Spectra, etc. all list an automatic version. Ford shows the correct original, but it's discontinued.
Has anyone actually replaced a 98 (or probably a 96-98) Cobra radiator with a stock style, manual transmission version? If so, what was it's part number and where did you get it? The Ford part appears to be F7ZZ-8005-BA (not -AA).
Thanks for any help.