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Does anyone have plans, designs, and parts list to install the swing radiator conversion in my 77FC-31? Any and all replies much appreciated, Gary
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John Finn's page has some good info on this. The pics / info of his swing project are about 2/3 of the way down the page. (We miss you John).

https://www.pbase.com/iamflagman/finnsinn6adventure
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I did most of Johns work back then,but i had no plans when we did his swinger.
Its pretty much common sense to me.
Make sure you make the hinge heavy enough,that rad hanging on one hinge and the rad being full of coolant requires a strong hinge.
I made mine with a 1/2 bolt as a pin and used heavy steel bushings welded to heavy angle iron as a hinge.
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Thank you Randy. I will look into doing this when the weather in NH agrees with outside work. I guess as I remove the radiator, I can scope out the best way to fabricate and mount the hinge assembly.
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Thank you Randy. I will look into doing this when the weather in NH agrees with outside work. I guess as I remove the radiator, I can scope out the best way to fabricate and mount the hinge assembly.
Somewhere I’ve got some drawings, so check back a little later this evening.

Found them... caution - may or may not apply to your coach...
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File Type: pdf Swing Out Radiator notes.pdf (154.8 KB, 44 views)
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Or remove the rad and complete all repairs, hoses, recore rad, fan, pulleys, alternator, air compressor, power steering , belts and good for several years.
IF down on the side of the road and troubles turn your way, the swing rad only lets you see the trouble sooner, you are still in trouble. forgot water pump etc..
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Gary, I did our 78 very much the same way that Randy did John Finns, though mine was a little different and required moving the radiator forward a smidgen to clear for the swing and I rounded the left front inside corner of the frame slightly to keep it from rubbing when opening. I welded 1/2 tubing to 1-1/2 angle and made drop pins out of the same materials so that I could lift the whole assembly off if need be.( and greased them good)

The rest was easy, trimming the shroud just enough to open without touching the fan, bushings to maintain the same spacing on the right as the left and I added one bolt back on the left mounting hole slightly snugged to prevent any possible vibration or unintentional lift. I had one piece hoses made of material far heavier than necessary and a 90 and 45 degree swivel fittings at the radiator to allow positioning of the hoses to my liking. I used the original double mounting clip from the copper lines and relocated it under the front compartment with a through bolt and bolted a spacer in place, allowing me to roll the hoses up into it, place the retainer side and bolt it in place so there is no movement in the line. easy to remove when needed.Be sure to check your new lines to prevent them from rubbing. I did my drop bumper just like Finns. This forum owes him a debt of gratitude for all of his contributions, and if you haven't, you should read through his adventures with his bus, he was an interesting man.


Bill is on point, check every bolt and lock washer, I had several lock washers broken, I serviced the compressor, all new green stripe belts, hoses, etc. good insurance! recheck your belts after a thousand miles or so, I used the tentioner from Napa and after 7K I have not needed adjustment.
Good luck, it was a fun project.
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Where are these drawings from? Bluebird or a WOG member. Just curious.
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Where are these drawings from? Bluebird or a WOG member. Just curious.
If you’re talking about the drawings that I scanned for the pdf that I attached to post #5, they came from Wanderlodge. For what it’s worth, I had already included the source in the “properties” of that pdf.
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Default Swing Radiator

Apologies for missing the credit. Was curious if you have drawings for the drop down bumper as well? I have my FC apart replacing belts and pulleys. Would like to do the swing rad conversion while I am at it.

Thank You
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