Radiator blind

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:02
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Hi all,

I think I need possibly a radiator blind for water crossings with the troopy I rent for my next trip to Oz.

Are there any standard aquipments on the market ?? Where Can I find them ?? or should I take a standard waterproof material and adapt it by myself ??

Thanks

Eric
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:16

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:16
Eric try this
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Regards

Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:55

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:55
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I have one of these. Makes life very easy and they are well made. (On special too)

Regards

Paul
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Reply By: AT4WD ADVENTURES - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:30

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:30
Eric,

Just get a decent piece of canvas cut to size as this can be used for all sorts of things apart from a water crossing blind.

Uses like;

(a) ground sheet for crawling under the car
(b) a groundsheet under you tent
(c) sun shade off the side of the car with two poles
(d) winch rope air break.

I have had a piece for years and I am suprised at the use it gets.......

Regards,

Stuart M.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:50

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 18:50
As has been said you can get 1/2 decent waterproof blue plastic canvas over here from most hardware shops they are very cheap (less than 10 bucks dont ask me what that is in Euros or francs) that you can tie to the front if the need arises and well they have heaps of other uses and are cheap enough to throw away if ripped or dirty and you can afford to carry a few spares
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Follow Up By: Member - Eric P (Int) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 21:23

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 21:23
Ten bucks is approx 6 Euro at the moment. We don't use Francs any more since 2001 (6 Euro used to be approx 40 Francs). Anyway, I will follow your advice because of luggage weight and money.

Cheers.

Eric
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 19:41

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 19:41
Eric,
I bought a small (ish) tarp from the local hardware store for AU$1.99, I lift the bonnet and shut the bonnet on it. Quick easy and cheap, after a few water crossings it gets a few holes in it around the centre where the bonnet catch goes through, for the cost of it I just throw it in the bin and get a new one. The water bras are very nice, but when they are wet you have to store them in another bag outside the car to save soaking everything inside. If I had the dosh I supose I'd buy one but at AU$1.99 a go it's hard to justify.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eric P (Int) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 21:24

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 21:24
HI, Martyn,

You are even cheaper !!.

Cheers

Eric
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Reply By: the doc - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 20:38

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 20:38
If you are in vic give websters driver training a call there info is on here they make and sell a very good one and its cheap also

doc
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Follow Up By: Member - Eric P (Int) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 21:28

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 21:28
Sorry, doc, we don't come to Vic this year (we will have Darwin to Broome via GRR and Cape Leveque, THen Coral Bay for Diving, then Red Center via Mount Augustus and GCR or GBH (When GBH, I don't tell my wife in advance, she would not do it, then Tanami, short cut to Topsprings and Kakadu).

We had Cape York last year, so Vic might be the next trip.

Cheers

Eric
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 00:18

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 00:18
Why would you need one, does the troopy not have a snorkel? Fan's through radiators are only and issue if your viscous coupling is jammed and or you don't rev the motor to free the fan before you cross.

Other reasons for using a blind? Maybe I missed somthing?

But to answer your question, I have a cheap tarp in the tool box for laying on when doing repairs in the bush, just happens that it would fit accross the front of the car if required to. $10 from bunnings and a couple of oky straps will do the trick.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 09:01

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 09:01
I actually drilled a hole in the tip of one of my fan blades so that I can temporarily wire up the fan for water crossings.

A few minutes for each crossing with the fan locked against the viscous coupling has saved my radiator countless times and has not damaged the coupling. Just remember to take the wire off after finishing the crossing - and Oh! Stop the engine first...... ;)
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 09:30

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 09:30
Crispy that's a good idea, I like it ! How strong does the wire have to be ? Isn't the blind also supposed to help keep water away from other engine bits ? I've used a blind on all but one occasion. When I didn't use the blind I stuffed the radiator, so they definately work in my book. But stopping the engine, tying the fan blade off, crossing, undoing the wire and away you go sounds easier and more positive. You know the radiators Ok.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 09:40

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 09:40
I just used a 6" long piece of coathanger wire. I doesn't need to be terribly strong as a viscous coupling in good nick slips pretty easily. Remember that you are idling across deep water and using the appropriate gear - not gunning it.

Even with the blind, water is going to be splashed everywhere - by the auxilliary drive belts. The bigger concern for me is keeping the radiator fan from screwing forward through the water and into the back of the radiator core. I use plenty of silicone spray on the electrics.

Dead radiator: walk home.
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Reply By: glenno(qld) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 10:31

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 10:31
I bought an army hoochie which is about ten feet square from a army surplus store in australia for about $50au and it is reinforced on the edges and has heaps of eyelets and is water proof.
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