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    Post by Guest Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:10 pm

    I am trying to determine what is wrong with my 66, its a 230, when i fire it up it runs beautiful, no missing, no knocking, if I take off the radiator cap while cold and let run till it heats up and the thermo opens up to see if water flows thru the radiator the water just violently erupts out of the filler hole, is this normal?? I thought the water should just start cycling thru and you can watch it happen through the top of the radiator as the thermo opens up...like my other car. could this mean that my radiatror is extremely plugged up?? or is this normal?? I want to keep this van but need it to run right. Thanx!!
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    Post by Guest Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:16 pm

    this happens while sitting at idle by the way, thanx!!
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    Post by G-Man Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:29 pm

    Take it out and have a radiator shop look at it, bet your right that its plugged.[i]
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    Post by Vanish Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:37 pm

    Do You still have the white Smoke ???? Cause it could be the Head Gasket too !!!!!!!!!

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    Post by donivan65 Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:40 pm

    I would take the thermostat out and run the engine again. If it gets violent real fast, the head gasket is probably leaking . To test the radiator, fill it up with water then pull the lower radiator hose off, if the radiator is really clogged up, it will drain out real slowly,,,it should just gush out the lower hose if the radiator is not clogged up.
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    Post by Vanish Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:46 pm

    Well if you fill the Radiator up and then Pull the Bottom hose.... when it's empty you should take a flash Light and Look inside .... the tubes shouldn't Have any water sitting on top of them they should be Clear.... now just cause you can see down them don't mean it's Clean.. because there are tube's you can not see...... But But you will get an Idea of whats going on for sure .......

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    Post by Guest Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:59 pm

    Thanx guys!! really appreciate the help
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    Post by Guest Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:24 pm

    are new radiators available??
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    Post by Vanish Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:25 pm

    You would have to get your old one recored at a Radiator shop !!!!! and make it a 3 row Core ........

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    Post by Guest Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:31 pm

    Thanx Vanish, does 3-row mean 300 bucks??
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    Post by Vanish Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:39 pm

    I Hope Not !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Post by donivan65 Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:41 pm

    You might as well get a 3 row if you need it. I think it may cost under $200 if you bring them the radiator

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    Post by Guest Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:42 pm

    do these vans have a habit of overheating with the stock 2 row style??
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    Post by donivan65 Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:51 pm

    They might run a little hotter than normal, but if you got a good fan blade that is close to the radiator and you don't drive around in over 100 degree weather, the van won't overheat if there are no other problems. When a thermostat sticks closed, the coolant turns violent pretty fast.And pressure testing the cooling system will tell you if the head gasket is bad.

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