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2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
#1373659 Sun Aug 16 2020 09:44 PM
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I'm running a 350 in this truck, and although I'm sure the 3-row might run a little cooler, I don't want to pull the trigger on one if the 2-row is perfectly fine.

I'm looking at aluminum ones, so I'd have to think they run cooler than OEM anyway, right?

Thanks in advance!


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Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
pan3lman #1373678 Sun Aug 16 2020 11:00 PM
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I run a 4 row aluminum radiator in my ‘62 C-10. Not much physical difference and bolted in in the original holes. I’m running a built 350 W/700r4. Runs around 185 in the summer months.


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Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
pan3lman #1373724 Mon Aug 17 2020 02:41 AM
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Aluminum will dissipate heat faster in my experience. I have a 3 row with a 235 with custom shroud and Spal 2020 cfm fan.


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Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
pan3lman #1373748 Mon Aug 17 2020 12:33 PM
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Thanks, guys!


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Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
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Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
pan3lman #1377096 Tue Sep 15 2020 03:02 AM
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What did you end up going with? I’m looking for one righ now as well.

Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
AceRockow #1377138 Tue Sep 15 2020 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AceRockow
What did you end up going with? I’m looking for one righ now as well.

I have not yet bought one bc I'm going crazy with the shopping for one. Here's why:

1. I was hoping to get one made in the US- many are made in China. Apparently, US ones are made with 1" tubes where Chinese ones are made with 1/2" tubes.

2. I am still not sure if I should go with 2-row or 3-row. It's not a high power engine, it's under 300HP, so I'm guessing 2-row would be ok.

3. I'm trying to spend no more than $300

I need to pull the trigger by tomorrow, I just wish the decision-making process wasn't so tough.


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
pan3lman #1377143 Tue Sep 15 2020 03:04 PM
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I'm probably going to go with this one:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-384039/make/chevrolet

Reasons are:

1. it will be here by Friday
2. it's polished for no extra fee
3. it's a 3-row, for the same price as what others are charging for 2-rows


1957 Chevy Panel Truck, powered by SBC 350 from 1977 Camaro
Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
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Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
Dragsix #1377153 Tue Sep 15 2020 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dragsix

Thanks!


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Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
Re: 2-row or 3-row radiator for my '57 truck?
pan3lman #1377160 Tue Sep 15 2020 05:25 PM
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I pulled the trigger and bought the one from Summit. It should be here by Friday. I'll post pics once installed if anyone wants/needs to see.

PM


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Author, Bring CHANGE Into Your Life (a truly easy investment tool)
https://www.amazon.com/Bring-CHANGE-Into-truly-investment/dp/1077276869
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