Ford vs Chevy radiator configuration

Jun 7, 2018 6:50 AM - 471 Views Create A New Thread

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I am so confused.....
Can someone help my understand this? According to the Speedway catalog, a Ford engine ( I am assuming this means like a 289/302) needs a lower outlet on the left side (drivers side) and a Chevy takes it on the passenger side. However the 289 Ford engine that I am installing has the water pump outlet on the right side (passenger side). Also, a small block Chevy has it on the right side. I ordered a radiator that is said to be the Ford configuration,and it won't work, left side outlet. Should I have ordered the Chevy layout? This seems wrong. Am I making a mistake assuming that when they say" Ford engine " that they are talking about something other than a small block?
I have talked to both Speedway and the company that drop ships the radiators ,and they are not clear either. They can't seem to understand why the radiator they supplied, designed for the Ford engine, won't work.

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  • GeneF
    Jun 19, 2018 at 5:07 PM

  • 1) Horsepower + heat
    2) Don't forget a metal lower hose. I don't care what anyone says, under acceleration and high RPM the rubber ones always choke down (collapse). The metal ones are worth every penny.

  • dixie
    Jun 17, 2018 at 11:14 PM


  • dixie
    Jun 17, 2018 at 10:07 PM

  • Now u know one more reason Chevy engines are so much more used than ford

  • jimmothershead
    Jun 11, 2018 at 6:33 PM

  • 99% of Ford engines have lower left outlets like you got.
    The seller and manufacturer should have asked you r or l lower neck.
    Change the pump over to match.
    Jim, dealer for Walker radiators for 38 years.

  • blade58
    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:37 AM

  • When picking out a radiator the important things are Inlet location: RHS, LHS or Center, Outlet location: RHS or LHS, Engine Horse Power rating,then dimension where it is going to reside,most times they are listed for vehicle specific like 1966 Mustang IL6 , 1970 C-10 V8 or a 1932 Ford with a small block chevy

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