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    Alum radiator Cougar Mustang

    I was wondering if any of you guys that put the Cougar / Mustang Aluminum Radiator in you van are having problems with the radiator over flow tube coming out of the radiator ? Mine must of come off the last time I was driving it and the fan cut the tube and now I am missing the small tube. It looked like it was only pressed in there to begin with. Anyone have any ideas what I can use to replace it? Thank You

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    I can't even get hose on mine. The tube is too close to the upper housing. Seems to be very solidly attached to the fill neck though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madillow View Post
    I can't even get hose on mine. The tube is too close to the upper housing. Seems to be very solidly attached to the fill neck though.
    mine too. I can get the hose on about halfway but it falls off often. just not enough room to clamp and hasn't bothered me enough to try bending it, possibly snapping it off. can you jb weld a tube on there? I damaged a few tubes in mine and cut them out, jb welded the ends as a 'temporary fix'. going on 3 years now with no leaks yet.
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    Radiator

    It looks like mine was dropped when shipped. I am going to try and pull it up after install. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    It looks like mine was dropped when shipped. I am going to try and pull it up after install. Click image for larger version. 

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    Be carefull mine looked like that and I pulled it up and it came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrinaman View Post
    mine too. I can get the hose on about halfway but it falls off often. just not enough room to clamp and hasn't bothered me enough to try bending it, possibly snapping it off. can you jb weld a tube on there? I damaged a few tubes in mine and cut them out, jb welded the ends as a 'temporary fix'. going on 3 years now with no leaks yet.
    I was thinking about a piece of copper tube and try to solder it in like a sweat joint like joining copper pipe when doing water lines. I am a little Leary about putting to much heat to it. Did you use just regular JB weld in the two tubes you mix ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madillow View Post
    I can't even get hose on mine. The tube is too close to the upper housing. Seems to be very solidly attached to the fill neck though.
    I donít think it attached all that good. They should have made the thing about a inch longer .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    I was thinking about a piece of copper tube and try to solder it in like a sweat joint like joining copper pipe when doing water lines. I am a little Leary about putting to much heat to it. Did you use just regular JB weld in the two tubes you mix ?
    I used the 2 part mix. could you flair the end of some tubing and fish it threw from inside? maybe drill I little bigger and jb weld from both sides. if you used copper (easy to bend) you could us a longer length and securely attach it by jb weld on rad or clamp/brackets to anything in the area. that way the connection at filler wouldn't need be strong, just not leak.
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    Cool

    This is a very good example of a part made with no quality control in place....More than likely made off shore...Distributed here...Made off shore..The clock position of that particular neck could also be wrong.A good local weld shop could TIG weld a new tube or weld that tube in place..

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    Mine was also tight like that, I was able too make room with a screwdriver just enough to get the hose on. It's been holding over a year so far.
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