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Unread 04-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Find a radiator shroud OR go electric fan?

well fellas..making progress on getting the ol J10 tuned up and running..(1974 Jeep J10 w/amc 360)..i discovered the PO had pulled off the radiator shroud...so i spent all weekend in the Pick n Pulls AND J&W jeep boneyard..to no avail! EVERY wagoneer and j10 truck had them pulled n gone...ebay wants $200 for re-pop! BUT i am wondering what u guys think? I found like 3 Contour fans and have already done this swap in my 4.0 CJ7..i did do the Flex-a-lite controller box made it easier but like $200..ugh...so i know how to do the swap..no worries..just curious which route is better to go..(was hoping the shroud would be ez find and cheaper so i can spend cash on new tires..but..ya know how it goes!
thanks all for any input! i will post updates next weekend once i have new valley pan intake gasket in, edelbrock carb rebuilt, and new water pump/hoses, and Team rush style upgrade ALL done! or wishful thinkin..but ima try!

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Unread 04-22-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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If you can't find the shroud for a reasonable price, do the elec fan. An electric fan with on/off switch would have saved me a couple in my j10 so far. Ice puddles are fun for me, but not Apricot.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Is it heating up, I haven't had any temp issues due to my lack of shroud.
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I just installed a new 3.8 Taurus electric fan in the ls powered 63 Galaxie it pulls like 4000 cfm. I dropped it in wagon for a test fit it looks good. 80 bucks shipped! Its a two speed motor so can also use a two speed controller, have low run till it hits say 195 then fires up high speed. Always run high when AC on. Toss in toggle for of road use
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no overheating problems as of yet..i was just curious as i was surprised of the over 20 Wagoneers and j10's in boneyard not a one radiator shroud! Even on the ones with motors in them untouched...so maybe i am overthinking it..may be just fine without! thanks guys! i will see how she rolls..and then may have to go grab a contour fan if all else fails..i may be just fine way it is! thanks a million guys! i am SURE my next dumb question will soon follow as build progresses! i did see a SWEET stock radio in one of the j10's today! wow...took me back! i may have to see how much gold, or maybe a kidney they may want for it!
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Unread 04-23-2013, 03:36 AM   #6
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and for the record...i cannot rant enough/agree with everyone who has ever done the valley pan intake gasket fiasco... WOW. what a giant PITA!! but i got it done..and now i will be crossing my fingers i didn't "over RTV" seal it!...fingers crossed she sealed up tight! ok..enuff..thanx guys!
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The shrouds were not built too tough for sure. When I got my Wagon it had the top 2/3rds of the shroud, And while it was running I leaned on it (more like rested my hand) and it shredded. Fortunately it didn't get my hand (DUHHUH)
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Unread 04-23-2013, 12:37 PM   #8
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no overheating problems as of yet..i was just curious as i was surprised of the over 20 Wagoneers and j10's in boneyard not a one radiator shroud! Even on the ones with motors in them untouched...so maybe i am overthinking it..may be just fine without! thanks guys! i will see how she rolls..and then may have to go grab a contour fan if all else fails..i may be just fine way it is! thanks a million guys! i am SURE my next dumb question will soon follow as build progresses! i did see a SWEET stock radio in one of the j10's today! wow...took me back! i may have to see how much gold, or maybe a kidney they may want for it!
This is gonna sound kinda funny, but it worked! I had the same problem with my J-10 gettin hot, no shroud. I got inventive and found some landscape edging, you know the black plastic stuff about 6-8 inches wide. Using tec screws (self tappers) I screwed one end into the radiator mounting bracket, looped it over the fan flush with the top of the radiator and screwed it to the other side bracket. Worked like a charm! no more overheat, and doesn't look half bad either.
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