We are still asking: What did you get done on your Bolt today ????
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"Whatcha do on your Bolt this weekend?"
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I am currently rebuilding a 1954 Chevy truck with a Small Block 350 engine swap, I am at the point were I need to purchase radiator hoses, but all the research that I have done has shown me that I will need to buy 200+ Dollar hoses. If any has any ideas or knows of any place I can buy them, I would love to hear from you.
That's ridiculous, and totally unnecessary. Flex hoses come in all sorts of diameters and lengths, and they work very well if you can't find a molded hose that approximates the shape you need. Another option would be to get a muffler shop to bend a piece of exhaust tubing to fit, and use short pieces of straight hose at both ends to couple up to the radiator and the engine. Paint or powder coat the outside, and the antifreeze you use will prevent rust on the inside. Jerry
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I have these numbers in my notes for an SBC to a stock 3100 radiator. Gates 20416 upper Gates 20584 lower
I put a SBC in a GMC and I used a flex hose for the upper, IIRC it's 18" long with one end being 1.5" and the other 1.75". On the GMC radiator in my 49 the bottom connection made a 90 degree turn up so I had to find a hose that was close enough with the right sizes then cut it in half and splice in a 1.5" copper 90 elbow to get it to fit. The hose was spec'd for a 78 Jeep Chrokee w/a 4.7.
I found that problem is easily solved by approximating the radiator hoses you need with anything flexible that will hold its shape, like a welding rod or straightened out coat hanger, and taking those samples to a big, friendly auto parts store. Counter men/women who know you will let you rummage through their radiator hoses until you find molded hoses that are a fit.
I wish I had the computer skills to post a photo of how that worked out in finding hoses for my sbc 350 powered '32 Ford street roadster. The hoses for some other vehicles are a perfect fit in that roadster.
I am currently rebuilding a 1954 Chevy truck with a Small Block 350 engine swap, I am at the point were I need to purchase radiator hoses, but all the research that I have done has shown me that I will need to buy 200+ Dollar hoses. If any has any ideas or knows of any place I can buy them, I would love to hear from you. Addison
I could give you some specific part numbers, but need to know if you're using a long water pump or short. Makes a big difference.
I just used off-the-rack Gates hoses, around $15 each.
I use the carb preheat tube to get the proper shape for the hose I need and then go to the parts store and match them to a preform rubber hose. I also have bent exhaust tube to the proper shape and hose on the ends.
"Aren't coat hangers and welding rod he same thing?"
Ed, I always heard they are the same. I never did understand why city slickers use different welding rods for different applications. Some of these fancy pants even think different rods should be used for tig, stick and oxy-acetylene welding.
Some guys just like to make things more complicated than they really are.