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REFLECTOR: V-6 Radiator System
A Fluidyne engineer (Ontario, CA) designed my system. He made two aluminum
racing radiators designed for each of my wing roots. I used Alan Shaw's
(Wingco) design for wing root installation.
Fluidyne insisted on two things: First: Make the cores big and wide. I
have three cores (each almost one inch each) running horizontally for a
total cooling area of 3 inches across. Second: Capitalize on the cubes.
Wayne's right about cubic inches.
Basic engine/cooling specs for my 173 Elite:
All aluminum Chevy V-6 (350 HP estimated)
4.5 liter (Not same as 4.3 Vortec)
Dry sump oil system
Length: 18" from tank to tank
Width: 3 1/2"
Fin Area: 5 3/4" high X 14" long X 3" wide
Cost: $300 for each radiator
Fluidyne's phone: 888 FLUIDYNE
Tim England, the Canadian V-6 Velocity builder told me that my system may
be excessive. My reply: I want excess since most all - I take that back -
all V-6 and V-8 auto conversions I've seen or read about have cooling
problems. Although well designed, Tim's plane boiled over during taxi at
Oshkosh last summer. I want excess cooling for excessively hot summer days
and long taxi situations. I also put a full size air conditioning core in
the nose with 3/4" braided, teflon hoses with AN fittings. This will be my
heater. It also provides more redundancy since a full-size fan will cool
it during taxi and dump the hot air out in the summer.
Good luck with your Mazda, and it sounds like you're doing some very good