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Radiator swap this weekend

Well my trucks radiator is leaking and it has been replaced by Ford twice so this time I am doing it myself. I have purchased a Performance Radiator replacment radiator wich looks stock but claims to be much stronger and reliable. It comes with a three year warranty and costs less then a factory radiator.

I will be doing the swap on Saturday at the Auto Craft shop on FT Richardson and as I always do I will be taking plenty of pics to do a full write up. So stay tuned.


P.S. I got it much cheaper then listed on the site. You just have to know where to look.

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I did mine 2 weekends ago. Was relatively simple, just allow for time and don't hurry. I watched the youtube videos several times, and made myself a checklist for the steps from the videos, which I attached as a pdf.
Mine is a Job 1 F350, and there were a few differences then what I saw in the video. Not sure if its because of the F350, or the Job 1 or just the way the videos were made.

My side air deflectors were attached to the upper support with push pins, Had to remove them before the upper support came out. Different than video.

I couldn't get to the drivers side Trans cooler bolts, the oil cooler attached to the CAC was blocking, no matter how much I moved it around. 1 bolt removes the oil cooler from the CAC.

I bought a Ryobi cordless impact (the small one) to use. I have air, but I also have other Ryobi tools, so I justified the money I was saving on the repair, allows me to buy a tool or two. I also already have a coolant vacuum lift I bought for another car, so I used that.

I only drained the radiator, not the block. The coolant was only a few months old (from my timing cover replacement), and I had already been upgraded to the new degas tank. Oddly enough, It still had the single o-ring hoses, which I re-used. New Orings came in the box with the Vista-Pro radiator.
I topped of with new 50/50 Ford Gold.

The radiator in my truck had a tag on top with a date of Feb/2011. I bought it in June of '11, so its been done before.

I stopped going to my dealer, because every time I take it, within a week or two, it has a new issue. I totally believe that they stuck a leaking radiator out of another truck in mine when it was in for the timing cover......

I took a few pics, and was going to do a write up,but never got around to it.
I thought the videos did an excellant job of prepping me for the job....

For those that haven't seen them:

Hope this helps out, and hope yours goes as easy as mine went..
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To bad BPD doesn't have an all aluminum for you guys like they do for the 6.0

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Thanks for posting the videos and all the good info. I will be putting it to good use. I have talked to a couple outfits about all aluminum radiators but am told that because of the good "stupid design" (thier words not mine) it would never be cost productive no matter how many they built.

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I just read throught the steps in the PDF. I don't remember why, but I also had to remove the horns themselves. 1 bolt I think and the whole bracket comes off. I think because it blocks access to another bolt or something like that...
I also completely removed the CAC tube to the intake. Made it easier to get to Lower radiator hose and shroud bolts.
I popped out the drivers side battery during reassemble. Too hard to insert the lower mounting bracket bolt with it in place. (the half-circle metal strap that holds it to the upper support).

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Thanks for the heads up.

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Nope its here with me.

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