Good to know John. That's just how my mind works, always thinking about possible problems.No problems with the extra weight for me, so far anyway. Actually I never really thought about it.
Thanks David, I'll look into that as an option. Failing that, pick up a spare w/pump! However, I'm pretty sure a relatively new pump will last a while yet.Ford did make a HD water pump for the 351 C has roller bearing instead of ball. Hard to find for sure. The NASCAR guys used them. Might have been part of Boss not sure.
Thanks Hemikiller, Sounds like all will be okay for good while.Installed mine in 2003, no issues with fan or water pump.
Thanks Hemi. I found the original spacer I have, but I don't think I can cut it down the way it's made unless I install a long 5/8"sleeve through it. I may just order one in case and be done. It's not getting fitted for a while yet anyway unless I get really bored and want something to do in the near freezing garage.Not with the 302. The 351C is going in within a month or so, so we'll see where it ends up as I'm moving to the larger 26" radiator and shroud.
Interesting read there. If anything, the fan is slightly too far in, but the flat tip of the blades are within the straight part of the shroud opening. I can't bring the fan any further forward, so it is what it is. The only issue might be clearance. The article suggests a min of 1", the 17118 fan yields a clearance of only about 1/2", but I think that will be good as there is very little engine torque movement. A 17" fan would give about that clearance, however most seem to favour the 18" fan, which is what I have of course.This may answer your question. Chuck https://www.flex-a-lite.com/blog/the-perfect-fan-shroud-position/
It would seem you have pretty much the same as what I have. If everything is stock, shroud, engine placement, water pump and pulley, then this is what it is. I have not yet fired it up, like I said too damn cold right now to do that, so it will sit till spring.I agree Geoff - I recently added the 2710 clutch and Derale fan to mine. When I did it, I did a bit of research about spacers, and realized the setup I had (pre-clutch) had too long a spacer and the fan was sunk well within the shroud. I've read that the ideal is roughly 2/3 in the shroud to maximize the air draw through the radiator and minimize turbulence inside the shroud.
Now, using the 2710 clutch and the Derale fan, i have about 2/3 to 3/4 of the fan in the shroud, and the trailing edge of the fan out.
The roads haven't been suitable to have the car out, but I did start it and let it run a while. It is noticeably quieter at idle while the fan is disengaged - roar of the air coming off the fan is less intrusive. We'll see how she behaves on the road when it warms up, but I',m not anticipating any issues.
John looking back at your pics, there is something different. Your shroud appears to be shallower and your clutch appears to be much closer to the rad than on mine. Also you have a double pulley on the pump. So, a different set-up and there perhaps lies the difference and the need for the spacer.My fan needed a 1/2” spacer to get it in to the shroud some. Now it’s in the 2/3- 3/4 range like it should be.
Your engine/fan setup looks almost identical to mine. My rad is aftermarket, but placement of everything is the same.It would seem you have pretty much the same as what I have. If everything is stock, shroud, engine placement, water pump and pulley, then this is what it is. I have not yet fired it up, like I said too damn cold right now to do that, so it will sit till spring.
Thanks for you input, it's much appreciated and that goes to all who have replied and helped me (and hopefully others) out.
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