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Sorry for the post as im limited to post 8pic at at time.

her' my quick install of a 97-2000 radiator though id share i know its a easy job but people who have never done any thing like this, it might be helpfull for. Here we go

YOU ALL WAYS WANT TO START WITH A COLD ENGINE YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET SCHOLED BY HOT FLUID.

here is the tools your going to need
1 10mm socket/ rachet or a wrench will bork but pefer socket
1 set of channel locks
1 extension for the rachet
1 bucket to chatch the fluid
1 radiator
1 new anti freeze


start by removing your air box if its stock. I really helps out and saves time insted of saying oh i can get my wrench in their and do 1/4 turns but if its removed you can do full turns i use to be the 1/4 turn guy when i was a kid lol not any more.



you can now drain your radiator their is a little plug on the bottom of it set your bucket under the center of the radiator and take off the radiator cap so the fluid drains fast
if you look on the bottom of my new radiator inbetween the two bolt holes thats the drain


After the drain and the air box is removed from your car not you can tak the 10mm rachet and start removing the radiator support bracket its just one bolt, its the bracket thats holding the radiator to the radiator support. take that off set it to the side.


now that the radiator is free the most simple way to get it out is by leaving the hose on the radiator an disconnecting the hose's from the block/ head. also if the hoses are kinda stuck on us your channel locks dont apply to tight but just enough to break the hose free then they should slide right off.

 

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also before you try to rip the radiator out of the car dont for get to disconnect your fan sensor.


now you should be at this step, pulling it out lol


now that the radiator is out the car with the fan disconnected use your 10mm socket to take off the fan

this is a good time to inspect the hoses as well as the fan you might also want to sit the radiators side by side to make sure their the same product and you did not receive the wrong one.




now its time to bolt the fan on your new radiator also make sure you dont loose the bushings that hold the radiator in place on the bottom. at this point you can reverse all steps then add your coolant. you also want to let the car fully warm up so the fluid can cycle then cap it off again hopes this helps some one.
 

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this was the reason for my upgrade it blew and privious owner tried to seal the car never ran hot because it was wenter but now its summer its a different world out their for cars.


since im building my engine i wanted to play with some colors lol so i painted a few thing to see how they look not saying im going to keep it but yeah heres a looksie

cleaning before paint


painted




thanks for looking guys
 
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