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Fox Body Mustang Aluminum Radiator Installation Instructions (79-93)

Increase your Fox Body Mustang's ability to keep your Mustang cool, and replace that clogged, leaking, or damaged factory radiator with an aluminum radiator from our selection of aluminum radiators at Late Model Restoration!

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How-To Install A Fox Body Mustang Aluminum Radiator (79-93 5.0L)

An aluminum radiator is the perfect replacement radiator for your Fox Body Mustang! These Fox Body radiators are light weight, bolts right into the factory location, and is a quick and easy fix for a clogged, leaking, or damaged factory radiator. Below we cover the basic tools and steps you will need to take to replace the radiator on your 1979-1993 Mustang. Be sure to reference the video for more in dept installation instructions. Lastly be sure to look at our complete line of aftermarket radiators by clicking the button below!


Required Tools

  • Jack and Jack Stands (Or a lift if you have access to one)
  • Bucket or Drain Pan
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Small Pry Bar
  • Hose Clamp Pliers
  • 3/8" Socket Wrench
  • 11mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

Installation Instructions

  1. To begin installation, start by loosening the radiator cap to depressurize the coolant system.
  2. Get the car in the air by using a jack and jack stands, or a lift if you have access to one.
  3. If you can, loosen the drain plug on the passenger side of the car and have a drain bucket ready.
  4. Let the coolant drain from the system.
  5. If your drain plug will not break free like ours did because a previous owner used threadlocker, locate the lower radiator hose on the driver’s side
  6. Loosen and pull back the hose clamp on the lower radiator hose.
  7. Slowly pull back on the radiator hose until coolant starts to come out.
  8. Have your drain bucket or pan ready to catch the coolant.
  9. Fully remove the lower radiator hose and allow the coolant to drain.
  10. While the coolant is draining from the system, loosen the fan shroud to radiator bolts with a 11mm socket.
  11. Pull the fan shroud back and loosen the upper radiator brackets with a 10mm socket.
  12. Loosen the hose clamp on the upper radiator hose.
  13. Carefully remove it from the radiator and have some rags ready just in case any excess coolant runs out.
  14. Stuff a rag into the hose and position it out of your way.
  15. Remove the overflow hose from the radiator and carefully remove the radiator from the car.
  16. Take this time to vacuum out any debris such as grass or leaves that have accumulated over the years.
  17. With a small pry bar or flat head screw driver, remove the 2 lower fan shroud retainers from the bottom of the factory radiator
  18. Remove the 2 top fan shroud retainers.
  19. Transfer all 4 retainers to the new aluminum radiator in same locations as you took them off of the factory radiator.
  20. If the lower retainers are tough to slide on, use the pry bar or screwdriver and hammer to tap it into place.
  21. Carefully place the new radiator into the car and onto the lower radiator insulators.
  22. Take this time to clean the area around the upper support brackets.
  23. Reinstall your upper radiator support brackets
  24. Reposition your fan shroud onto the lower retainers and then tighten the the upper fan shroud bolts.
  25. Slide the overflow hose onto the new radiator.
  26. Remove your rag or towel from the upper hose, slide it over the new radiator and reposition the hose clamp.
  27. Back underneath the car, slide the lower hose onto the radiator and reposition the hose clamp.
  28. Make sure the drain plug is closed and begin filling the new radiator with quality coolant.
  29. Double check everything and you're all done.

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How To Remove & Install SVE Fox Body Mustang Radiator - (1979-1993)

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Published on 2015-03-04
Landan shows you how to remove & install your SVE aluminum radiator designed for the 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang.

Mustang Aluminum Radiator.
This SVE Mustang aluminum radiator perfectly replaces your 1979-1993 Fox Body. Bolting right into your Mustang, this lightweight Fox Body radiator is a quick and easy fix for a clogged, leaking, or damaged component. Fits both automatic & manual transmissions. Whether you are daily driving, road racing, or drag racing, this radiator is perfect for any Fox Body!

More Cooling!
With a cross-flow design, this 3-row aluminum radiator flows more coolant than stock to keep your motor cooler and running more efficiently. Keeping your antifreeze running freely is key to keeping your cooling system working properly. Pair a Fox Body aluminum radiator with a new water pump or hose kit to help get your cooling system restored!

FEATURES:
- Large 3 Row Design
- 100% Aluminum Construction
- Direct Fit
- 29.25" x 19" x 2" Overall Dimension
- 24.5" x 16.85" Core Size
- 1.25" Inlet Diameter
- 1.5" Outlet Diameter
- 2" Thick Core

BENEFITS:
- Fits Automatic & Manual
- Increased Cooling Capacity
- Reduced Front End Weight
- More Efficient

Applications: 1979-1993 Mustang 5.0L and 2.3L Mustangs w/ Manual or Automatic Transmission

Note:
- The radiator box will say "Automatic" on it but will fit Manual Transmissions. The reason the box says "Automatic" is because the radiator does include the fitting for the automatic transmission cooler lines to connect to the radiator. For customers with manual cars, the fittings will not have any lines connected to them. They can be left uncapped or open, this will not cause any leaks or problems.

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-Category:
1979-1993 FOX BODY MUSTANG RADIATOR & COOLING
https://lmr.com/products/79-93-Mustang-Radiators-Heat-Exchangers

-Parts:
1979-2004 MUSTANG AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION COOLER LINE ADAPTER FITTINGS:
https://lmr.com/item/LRS-7273A/mustang-automatic-transmission-cooler-line-adapter-79-04

1979-93 Fox Body Mustang Radiator Covers & Brackets:
https://lmr.com/products/79-93-Mustang-Radiators-Heat-Exchangers#22642

SVE Radiator With Automatic Trans Adapters:
https://lmr.com/item/SVE-8005-A/sve-mustang-aluminum-radiator-w-auto-trans-adapters-79-93

SVE Radiator:
https://lmr.com/item/SVE-8005A/1979-93-Mustang-High-Performance-Aluminum-Radiator


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Transcript
How's it going, everyone? Landan with latemodelrestoration.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at SVE's popular three-row aluminum radiator for your '79 to '93 Fox body Mustang.

SVE, or Special Vehicle Equipment, is your trusted source for '79 to '93 Fox body Mustang styling and performance parts. The SVE three-row aluminum radiator is the perfect replacement radiator for your Fox body Mustang. It is lightweight, bolts right into the factory location, and is a quick and easy fix for a clogged, leaking, or damaged factory radiator. With its three-row cross-flow design, this aluminum radiator flows more coolant than stock, which makes it ideal for a bone stock car and much needed for even the mildest of mods.

This radiator will feature 100% aluminum construction, a two-inch thick core, and is designed to work with both automatic and manual 5.0 Foxes.

Now, let's show you how to install the SVE aluminum radiator into this 1990 Fox Mustang.

To begin installation, start by loosening the radiator cap to depressurize the coolant system. Then, get the car in the air my using a jack and jack stands or a lift if you have access to one. If you can, loosen the drain plug on the passenger side of the car and have a drain bucket ready. If your drain plug will not break free, like ours did because the previous owner used Threadlocker, locate the lower radiator hose on the driver side. Loosen and pull back the hose clamp on the little radiator hose then slowly pull back on the radiator hose until coolant starts to come out. Have your drain bucket or pan ready to catch the coolant.

While the coolant is draining from the system, loosen the fan shroud or radiator bolt with an 11 millimeter socket. Then, pull the fan shroud back and loosen the upper radiator brackets with a 10 millimeter socket. Next, loosen the hose clamp on the upper radiator hose. Carefully remove in from the radiator, and have some rags ready just in case any excess coolant runs out.

Remove the overflow hose from the radiator, and carefully remove the radiator from the car. Take this time to vacuum out any debris, such as grass or leaves, that have accumulated over the years. With a small pry bar or Flathead screwdriver, remove the two lower fan shroud retainers from the bottom of the factory radiator. Then remove the two top fan shroud retainers.

Transfer all four retainers to the new SVE radiator into the same location as you took them off from factory radiator. If the lower retainers are tough to slide on, use the pry bar or screwdriver and a hammer to tap them into place. You can pick up new hardware, if you'd like, by clicking the link in the video description.

Now, carefully place the new radiator into the car onto the lower radiator insulators. Take this time to clean the area around the upper support brackets. Reinstall your upper radiation support brackets, or grab some new ones by clicking the link in the video description. Reposition your fan shroud onto the lower retainers, and then tighten the upper fan shroud bolts.

Slide the overflow hose onto the new radiator. Remove your rag or towel from the upper hose, slide it over the new radiator, and reposition the hose clamp. Back underneath the car, slide the lower hose onto the radiator and reposition the hose clamp. Make sure the drain plug is closed, and begin filling the new radiator with quality coolant. Double check everything, and you're all done.

Installation should take you around an hour to complete if you don't run into any issues like we did. If you would like to see more cooling upgrades from SVE for your Fox Mustang, go ahead and click the link below. Don't forget, guys, subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven't already done so, and pick up your SVE aluminum radiator from latemodelrestoration.com.