Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Virginia
350 SBC Engine Swap - Fan Shroud Needed?
For those who have completed a 350 engine swap, are you using fan shrouds? If so, why (other than the boiler plate statement that V8's need one)? Did you have any problems without having one?
I did my swap about a year ago (Feb. 2004) and swaped out my 151 for a 350. The radiator is a V8 conversion radiator from rigid steel and I am running a flex-fan and 180 degree thermostat.
I did not install a fan shroud with the engine swap. I figured I would keep a close eye on the temp gauge (aftermarket) to see how she ran. I spent half the summer of 2004 in Houston, TX and the other half in Virginia with no major problems. The temp gauge indicated ~190 degrees while hitting 195 under the most extreme conditions.
After going through my Satruday morning routine of coffee and checking out this forum, the topic of installing/not installing a shroud came back to mind.
Just curious, but can anyone who has completed this engine swap pipe in
- 151 "Iron Duke"/SR4 converted to Chevy 350/SM465
- Moser One-Piece Rear Axles
- Locked All Around
- Mastercraft Seats
- Durabak Interior and Exterior
- KargoMaster Cage
- Way too many minor repairs/upgrades to list (emphasis on "repairs")