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General Tech Electric Cooling Fans. Are they a problem?

Simmo

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Recently a radiator repair guy gave me a lecture on the folly of mounting fans directly to the radiator with the aid of plastic ties or cable ties.
He reckons that the ties destroy the radiator tubes.
As I have at three cars with fans mounted in this way I am now beginning to worry.
Would love to hear any comments or discussions from people with experience with these mounting systems.
 

Madflyer

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I do not have a E-fan or do I need one but both seen wrong the ties or damage to tubes send a pic unless it is on a farm tractor. I just do not like the sound when you turn off your motor and the fan still running. I am not a real OEM guy and I live where it does get hot and pull a lot of hills. But let see what you are talking about
 

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I prefer brackets, even though homemade
 

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LarryK

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I make brackets and fasten to surround or frame. Used to mount thru radiator but did not like the vibration from the ties and they break over time from heat and age. Custom brackets look neater.
 

Hamish Racing

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I use the through rad ties that have a conical spring for tension.i also fit felt pads to the fan mounts that would normally rest on the rad. its the cheap pads you can get for the legs/feet of chars to protect the floors.
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but if i was starting again i probably would go for a fixed bracket

but I'm not rushing out to change anything.
 

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LarryK

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Did that on GT6. Did last for a while.
 

Vargus

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Talking about fans. when i got my Tr the fan stayed on for a while
now i set it so it off with the ignition, but what is best? I don’t mind either way.
 

poolboy

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Mine is regulated by a temperature sensor that turns the fan on at 180*F, but the ignition switch has to be in the ON position. I do have a manual switch in the cockpit that I can use to turn the fan on prematurely, but it will not turn the fan OFF if the sensor has turned the fan on...
If you download the INSTRUCTIONS in this link that's how my fans were wired.
 

Geo Hahn

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I made no-drill no-weld brackets by decapitating some long bolts, bending into an 'L' and using short bit of fuel line to protect and grip the radiator body. Had to slightly oval the holes in the mounting ears:

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Did this on both a TR3 & 4 though I finally abandoned the electrics and went with tropical fans.

On the 3 I was able to preserve use of the hand crank by removing one rib from the fan cage:

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I made no-drill no-weld brackets by decapitating some long bolts, bending into an 'L' and using short bit of fuel line to protect and grip the radiator body. Had to slightly oval the holes in the mounting ears:

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Did this on both a TR3 & 4 though I finally abandoned the electrics and went with tropical fans.

On the 3 I was able to preserve use of the hand crank by removing one rib from the fan cage:

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Very clever indeed. Thank you
 

groupdeville

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My experience with the lower-pipe location is that even with the lowest-temperature thermostatic switch insstalled, it takes too long for the electric fan to come on. Much better to read the temperature from a sensor in the top tank of the radiator, which gives a much more true reading on the engines coolant temperature than the lower-pipe type, which reads the temperature of the coolant only after it's been through the radiator core. Just my $.02
 

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Bought a kit from Rimmers in UK. It included custom made stainless brackets that fit very well, and an adapter for sensor in lower rad hose. Although I had no evidence of the through the rad attachment being an issue, I preferred to have external brackets. I installed an manual override switch after the sensor failed within the first few hours. Although I got a replacement sensor I have not yet installed it. I just watch my temp in traffic and flip the switch when fan needed. Cheers, Mike
 

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I know that some have had success with it, but mounting a fan through the core seems like sort of a hack to me. Proper brackets aren't that hard.

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Snowkilts

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Mine came with ties to put through the radiator, so that's what I used. In 1997. Works flawlessly. I haven't touched the fan or the radiator since. I did have to put in an override relay because the sensor is clipped to the radiator, not in the coolant, so if there's no airflow (i.e. car not moving) it doesn't see the temperature.
 

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Mine is regulated by a temperature sensor that turns the fan on at 180*F, but the ignition switch has to be in the ON position. I do have a manual switch in the cockpit that I can use to turn the fan on prematurely, but it will not turn the fan OFF if the sensor has turned the fan on...
If you download the INSTRUCTIONS in this link that's how my fans were wired.
Same as Poolboy here. Love that fan. Never overheats. Never a problem. I could see adding a bracket like some suggest.
 
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