Re: EF radiator into the EA
Well I did it by taking the bottom radiator hose off, not sure if i got all the water out, because when I refilled it with coolant I could only put in 10 to 11 litres, anyway we will see how it goes.
EA_GHIA_2NV: Yeah I got my mechcanic to install it for me
Parts cost :
EF radiator Brand new = $296.00,I was quoted by Ford for an EA radiator $487.00
EF Twin Thermo Fans Second hand = $160 .00
New Bottom Radiator hose $23.15
Auto electrician to hook it all up = $120.00
Labour = $180.00
All up $779.15, there other things that weren't included like coolant which I added myself and a new header tank which just finished installing
In reguards to time (this is going to be a long story, if you don't want to read this skip this part) it all started back in early november last year when i went my mechanic for a service i told him that i wasn't happy with radiator as it was over heating alot, there were no leaks or cracked pipes, so we narrowed it down to either the radiator, faluty thermostat or the water pump impellors being rusted out. so he tells me that he converted this ED to the EF radiator and thermo fan set up and best thing for the car he quoted about $400 - $600 to do the job, i told him i was a bit tight for cash at the moment so i told to book it in for about 3 weeks time he said no proms it give me a chance to order the parts in. Now its about the second week of december i bring the car in, do you think he got the parts in, take a guess, anyway he final get the part in 18th or 19th so he says no worries i ll have it ready one hundred percent before christmas. i give him a ring on the monday before christmas to see how hes going with everything, he says that the electrician took off on holidays on friday and he didn't tell him so he didn't change the radiator over. Not happy jan :(any way he said he flush the radiator out and shouldn't give me to much of a problem. Take off on boxing day out to Coonabarabran which is 200km west of Tammworth it should be a 6 hour trip which turned out to be 16 hours because of over heating, I noticed water hissing out from the bottom pipe under the header tank, it was lossing about 4 litres of water every 45mins of driving, i though this could be the answer to all my problem so i go to the ford in town and they said there was a small crack in the bottom of the header tank water was escaping because of the pressure (now i m getting typing cramp) so i told them install a new they had courier one in from Dubbo, all up it took 2 days (because it was between christmas and new years) and $245 (out of my buget for going down to the nats). Then i starting thinking if there was too much pressure build up a pipe or something else could blow up, so made the decision to put the old header tank back on and take the thermostat out at least that way i knew i could make it back to sydney. I drove all night it still took 11 hours ( I don't recomend driving at night it is very dangerous. jan 5 take car back to the mechanic tell him the story of what happen, he said ill get fix for you. jan 17 pick the car up. I don't want to sound like i am knocking my mechanic, he is really very good and i would recomend him to anyone, it just he is a one man operation and i reckon he does a really good job of it. I just reinstalled the new and very expensive header tank and refilled with coolant
If you made it this far i recon if source and have all the parts and tool that you need, if you have a bit knowledge of taking cars apart and you know a reliable auto electrican you should be able to knock this conversion over in a week end, it just takes time fine tuning the thermo switch to it optimal performance which is the tricky bit.
geezz it 11 o clock
hope that helps
My Cars Stats:
30th Ann. 1990 EA Falcon Stationwagon, Rosewood Red, EB GT Bonnet Scoop, EL XR6 Tear Shaped Air Vents, 5spd Manual, CFI with K & N Round Element, Pacemaker Extractors, Sony head unit, Now with EF Radiator an EF Thermo Fans.
Driven the Rest, Fords the Best.
Last edited by fudge1979; 01-17-04 at 04:34 AM.