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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject: M38 Radiator Support Rods Reply with quote

I am speaking of the 2 rods that ride in the motor mounts slots, and then hook up to the slots on the side of the radiator for complete power plant removal (with radiator).

Are these rods meant to be installed "full time" in the radiator slots, or are they normally meant to be resting along the frame rails during day-to-day use? In other words, inserted only when necessary for full power plant and radiator removal??

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the time inserted properly.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once they are in place and the engine is installed - they can't be removed, or inserted. Unless, I suppose, they were cut in two.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Gentlemen, thanks for the input.
A related installation question:
It's tough to maneuver the radiator in around the mounted fan blade. Is it best to bolt the fan on the water pump pulley after the radiator is installed?
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The front grill is removable - taking that off will give you room to maneuver the radiator in place after the fan is on. You can take the fan off and on with the radiator in place but that is difficult and you risk damaging the radiator if something slips.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And speaking of rods and radiators make sure you
have that top rod installed from the radiator to the
cowl when all is done.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang, that reminds me, I need one of those. Guess I could make one up.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes,
Easily made from 5/16 rod threaded both
ends, with a little bend to go over the crossover
pipe.

Keeps the fan from trashing the radiator if the
motor mounts go, especially going downhill.
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