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96 to 97 Cobra radiator question

Discussion in 'SN95 Cobras' started by 01silverstang, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. 01silverstang

    01silverstang Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I recently purchased a Procharged 96' Cobra with not a lot of history from the previous owner. I immediately noticed that it was missing the upper radiator support brackets, and so I went to a local pick and pull and grabbed some. Today I went out to the garage to install and they would not fit. I looked at it a bit more and realized the radiator is definitely not a 96' Cobra radiator.

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    So what radiator is this from? It looks similar to the 97' radiator, but I cannot find any replacement radiator that comes without the transmission cooler lines like this one. I would love some help, as I can't get everything back together until I wrap this up.
     
  2. 9397SVTs

    9397SVTs Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Let me answer your question with a question.

    Why are you messing around with stock radiators when you have a supercharger on the car? Why not get an aftermarket one that is thicker and has more cooling capacity?
     
  3. 01silverstang

    01silverstang Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I’ll provide and answer to your question to my question. I’m concerned about space... the car has a Procharger P-1SC that mounts to the front and I don’t want to throw more radiator than it needs and run into interference issues with the blower or front accessories.
     
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    9397SVTs Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Fair enough.

    I haven't had a stock radiator for about 15-16 years, so I can't tell you what radiator that is.
     
  5. ViciousBlack97

    ViciousBlack97 Active Member Established Member

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    It looks almost identical to the factory radiator in my 97.
     

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  6. 01silverstang

    01silverstang Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Either a prior owner had the cooling TSB done since it's a 96' or they attempted to do it themselves. The brackets from my local pick and pull are for the 96' radiator, so I will have to go back and pull the set off the 99-04 GT they had which looked identical to yours.
     
  7. ViciousBlack97

    ViciousBlack97 Active Member Established Member

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    Yep, the brackets from 97-04 should all be identical and they're reversible from side to side as well.
     
  8. 01silverstang

    01silverstang Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Hopefully no other modification is needed to secure the radiator. I outlined in my separate build thread but the coolant overflow tank was empty, which had me concerned about where that coolant went. When I pulled it off, there was coolant all the way up the hose. Might check out a pressure tester and keep my fingers crossed it doesn’t have head gasket issues.
     
  9. streetpilot

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    I replaced the radiator on my ‘96 Cobra with a 2004 Cobra radiator. I reused the ‘96 brackets by flipping them and/or reorienting them to where they worked. I couldn’t say how they ended up, but I definitely made it work without modifying them. Give it a shot.
     

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