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silverhawk
12-19-2009, 01:17 PM
Hey all,

I'm confused(nothing new). I was looking through my '59-64 body parts catolog for the heck of it, and I noticed 62 6 cylanders are supposed to have a radiator shroud, my dads doesn't. Also, it said the MY '61 V8 is supposed to have it to, but it doesn't. Can someone explain this please? Am I missing something?

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Mark57
12-19-2009, 01:23 PM
As shrouds are sheet metal that is usually bolted to the rear of the rad support, the simplest explanation is that someone removed them before you acquired the vehicles... ;):)

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wolfie
12-19-2009, 01:23 PM
I think the "shroud" is little more than a piece of metal attached to the radiator support covering the top of the fan with a caution sticker on it. Steve

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JDP
12-19-2009, 01:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

Hey all,

I'm confused(nothing new). I was looking through my '59-64 body parts catolog for the heck of it, and I noticed 62 6 cylanders are supposed to have a radiator shroud, my dads doesn't. Also, it said the MY '61 V8 is supposed to have it to, but it doesn't. Can someone explain this please? Am I missing something?

Dylan Wills
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'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon


The shroud on Larks was a option, not stock.

JDP/Maryland

silverhawk
12-19-2009, 01:33 PM
Ah,ok. Did they help cooling at all? Or just for "looks" so to speak?

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Chris_Dresbach
12-19-2009, 01:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

Ah,ok. Did they help cooling at all? Or just for "looks" so to speak?

Dylan Wills
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Probably caused a bit of a draft in the radiator to keep it a little cooler, but probably mostly just to keep the blade from taking your hand off.:)

Chris Dresbach

silverhawk
12-19-2009, 01:40 PM
I'm more worried about cooling than my hand. [:o)] It's going to go on LONG trips eventually, when I'm able to, so if I can do something to assist the cooling, I might do it. :)

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Roscomacaw
12-19-2009, 02:09 PM
If you were gonna run A/C, it would be a benefit. Without A/C - don't "sweat" it.;)

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2R5
12-19-2009, 02:55 PM
They do help with cooling , especially when in traffic. A must with air and a plus without. SASCO still had some in the fall ....I picked one up while there the last week they were open .



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skyway
12-19-2009, 02:56 PM
The Lark-type cooling shroud that I know of was (at least) part of a factory kit for dealer installed AC.

It's a flat,rectangular, sheetmatal affair with a big hole for the fan blades, and its side walls about an inch and a half tall. I beleive it attaches via the 6 bolts that mount the radiator.

curt
12-19-2009, 03:57 PM
The shroud will keep the hot air from being recirculated through the radiator. That is how it functions. Any one have other data to share?

showbizkid
12-19-2009, 05:57 PM
A Viscous Drive clutch and 5-blade fan will also help a lot with high(er) speed cooling vs. the stock fixed 4-blade.


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silverhawk
12-20-2009, 12:41 AM
Thanks for the suggestions guys! If I ever find a good used for a good price, I'll probley pick it up, but 'till then, I don't need it. The car cools pretty well, but it isn't extremely hot here either. I just want to be ready for some serious heat, as I'd like to do alot of traveling in this car. And yes, I want one of those viscous drives with matching fan, but can't get it at the moment. :(

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62champ
12-20-2009, 09:58 AM
I think the Lark radiator shrouds were just a flat piece of sheet metal with a hole big enough for the fan.

That is the similar type of shroud my grandparents new 1950 Champion had on it. My dad (who learned to drive on the car) said it would always show a little hot going down the highway but once you got into town it would always cool down. He said on a good Texas summer day you could come to a stop at the first light in town after running 70 mph and see the needle moving toward the cooler end.

I drove a mid-90's Dodge that had rubber flaps on the fan shroud so air would pass through the radiator better at highway speeds...

One of the keys to good cooling without the shroud is making sure the fan is close enough to the radiator. I have seen plenty of restored cars and truck were there is a good five or more inches between the fan and the face of the radiator. Probably a junk yard somewhere with a pile of fan spacers the size of Pike's Peak...

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silverhawk
12-20-2009, 01:34 PM
Really? Thats wierd! I'd think it would be cooler going down the freeway,lol.

My fan is up next to the radiator, close enough its hard to take the fan off (I just repainted it, those radiator fins hurt!,LOL!). I'm also thinking of a lighter fan from Summit, that would be lighter on the water pump. I can switch the original in and such if I wanted to be correct in a show, but I think it would help the water pump live longer when its replaced. What do you guys think?


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