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FC (Forward Control Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your FC model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.......List your FC Parts here too.

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Default Looking for Radiator Options

Hello all! I don’t want to be “that guy” but I am looking for options for the radiator in my 78’ fc31. I have spent hours on this page trying to find an option for my radiator. I have a small leak on a seam of the top tank which is repairable but the radiator is the only thing that concerns on my bird. I know I can get mine rebuilt but quite honestly the tanks on mine aren’t the best of shape. Has anyone replaced their radiator with an off the shelf unit?

Has anyone gone to an electric fan setup? My fan is a standard clutch fan not air or electric.
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we need more info.
Gas engine?
diesel engine?
we talk about electric fans all the time,they don't work!
Someone here just found a new rad to replace his old one,so the info is here.
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My 78 FC with the 3208 had a viscous coupling type fan clutch. As I recall, it is a Ford part. Mine always worked the way it was supposed to and didn't need electricity or air.
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we need more info.
Gas engine?
diesel engine?
we talk about electric fans all the time,they don't work!
Someone here just found a new rad to replace his old one,so the info is here.
Sorry 3208 NA
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Lately many have been using a radiator shop in the northwest, some should be along soon.
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I had my radiator recored last summer. But they will build about anything and I felt the price I paid was more than fair and half the price of the local shop that wanted to do the work. I was very happy with http://detroitradiatorcorp.com/ call them and see what they can do for you. They do ship by the way.
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Hello all! I don’t want to be “that guy” but I am looking for options for the radiator in my 78’ fc31. I have spent hours on this page trying to find an option for my radiator. I have a small leak on a seam of the top tank which is repairable but the radiator is the only thing that concerns on my bird. I know I can get mine rebuilt but quite honestly the tanks on mine aren’t the best of shape. Has anyone replaced their radiator with an off the shelf unit?

Has anyone gone to an electric fan setup? My fan is a standard clutch fan not air or electric.
Most big towns close to the Interstate will have a local big rig radiator shop that can do the job for you & your wallet. You can most likely have your radiator rebuilt with a triple coolant coil. When I had mine redone a few years back I was into it about a grand for the rebuild.
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Most big towns close to the Interstate will have a local big rig radiator shop that can do the job for you & your wallet. You can most likely have your radiator rebuilt with a triple coolant coil. When I had mine redone a few years back I was into it about a grand for the rebuild.
This probably was for your FC, do you think your recore cooled better or the same ? I’m getting ready to do a bunch of work on my Bird ?
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This probably was for your FC, do you think your recore cooled better or the same ? I’m getting ready to do a bunch of work on my Bird ?
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Howdy,
For what it's worth I purchased a recored radiator from Mike Hohnstein which had an extra row of cooling tubes installed in it.

Before the replacement when crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains from California to Nevada on a REALLY hot day I had a some trouble with overheating.

The extra "core" appears to have made a difference.
Crossing Rockies and Appalachians I could see there was a significant reduction in the amount of time the fan was needed.

The fan does not run much anymore and never when going down the freeway on flat ground (but I haven't travelled in REALLY HOT weather since the replacement).
The fan used to toggle on and off during freeway driving but I don't know if that's normal.

If considering a recore you might want to also consider adding another row.

In my case there was no problem with fan clearance.

I'm guessing this is because the extra row was installed in the front of the existing rows.
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