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    Radiator and fan

    Still trying to get my '80 Spitfire back together. Today's challenge is the radiator. I can't find a good picture of what the finished product should look like. I don't see how my radiator is supposed to fit into the bracket. It's quite possible that I'm missing some key parts, but what those parts are... hopefully somebody out there knows. And then there's the fan. I understand they originally had two fans, but most folks have replaced them with one larger fan. My car came with one fan, and I'm not sure it even belongs to this car. If not, any suggestions on what I should replace it with?

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    I hope these pictures help.

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    Re: Radiator and fan

    These catalog diagrams from Victoria British and Canley Classics might help.
    http://www.victoriabritish.com/icata....aspx?Page=105
    https://www.canleyclassics.com/trium...d-mounting-usa

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    Re: Radiator and fan

    Fan-frickin'-tastic! That's exactly the view I was looking for. And you confirmed that the fan I have does not go to my car (along with a lot of other stuff that was crammed into the body when I bought it, including a toaster oven, though I understand that a toaster oven is stock on several cars). Thank you so much!

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    Re: Radiator and fan

    Why would anyone need a toaster oven in a Spitfire? Just wrap the food in foil a put it on the manifold for a few miles. Later models had an optional Microwave in the glove box.

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    Re: Radiator and fan

    As to that toaster oven, get yourself one of these for it. Then display it with the car at shows and see what kind of reaction you get.

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    -- Andrew (Andy) Mace, VTR's Triumph 10/Herald/Sports 6 vehicle consultant and keeper of the North American Triumph Sports 6 and Herald Database

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    Re: Radiator and fan

    Just an update... Nobody on the planet, apparently, sells radiator mounts for a Spitfire. Using the catelogue pictures recommended by Luke Skywalker, I was able to make a scale diagram of the mounts and I now have a local welder making me one (well, two... they work in pairs). So, problem solved. However, if anybody needs that part and doesn't want to make those diagrams themself, just ask.

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