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stock 2.0 pinto radiator enough for turbo 2.3 motor
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:34:51 PM »
I am dropping in a turbo 2.3 svo motor and wanted to know if the 2.0 radiator is enough to keep it cool. If not what aftermarket radiator do you suggest that will fit in the pinto stock location?

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Re: stock 2.0 pinto radiator enough for turbo 2.3 motor
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2014, 07:57:02 PM »
Do a search, as that was just talked about on here. Think it was a V-6 Dodge mini-pick up. 2.0 radiator isn't good enough for a warmed over 2.0.
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Re: stock 2.0 pinto radiator enough for turbo 2.3 motor
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2014, 09:20:00 PM »
What year?  If you have a 2.0 I believe only the '74 Pinto had a plate to use the smaller 2.0 radiator in the larger opening.  So if your Pinto is a '71-'73 you will likely have to increase the cradle opening for a larger radiator. See the last picture, the cradle was widened about 3"-4" and the metal overlapped to provide strength. With the 2.3 Turbo (no mechanical fan) in a '71-'73 car the clearance in very small (see middle picture). An FYI, the '71-'73 has a 17"radiator and the 2.3 cars had a 20" radiator (See first picture).

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Re: stock 2.0 pinto radiator enough for turbo 2.3 motor
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2014, 06:16:39 PM »
CU426 is the larger Pinto radiator for AC cars. CU981 is the Dakota radiator I used on my 80.
 

 
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