Radiator Blinds

Submitted: Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 16:29
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G'Day, I have a '99 Prado with an ARB bull bar. When I tarp-up, there is still a lot of radiator showing untarped under the bull bar. Is that OK or do I need to tarp over the bar and cover both the upper and lower parts of the radiator?
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 16:54

Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 16:54
The blind is partly there to stop the fan from sucking into the radiator as well as electrical components..

Your blind should go from under (Bottom) the bullbar, up under the bonnet, right to the windscreen, (you can tie to side mirrors with hockey straps) so water has no way of getting into the engine, and washes straight up over the windscreen. Thats about the best. Ive had my GQ with 6inch lift over the bonnet in Coopers Creek Walhalla(thats when there was water in there!), no problem, but looking back, even the tour operator in the area in a landy went straight through without a blind.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:04

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:04
Thanks Truckster, looks like I need a bigger piece of canvas. Mal.
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Follow Up By: Rhubarb - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 19:28

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 19:28
Also depending on what you are driving through the blind stops crap that might be in the water (if its very dirty - say a bog hole) from lodging in the foils of your radiator.
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Reply By: desert - Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 19:48

Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 19:48
Mal, have a look at the engine fan and see how far it swings down the length of the radiator, you may get away with it. But as Truckster said, it is best to tarp from base of radiator around over the bull-bar, bonnet and tie off to the mirrors. The idea is to create a low-pressure void as you push the bow-wave ahead of you. All the tarps in the world will be useless once you stop.
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Follow Up By: enzo - Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 22:15

Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 22:15
Hi
Interesting thread - if you tarp up and over the radiator, what about the sides of the engine bay behind the wheels where there is only the rubber flaps shielding the engine? Once you have achieved the right sort of bow wave - will this keep water from ingressing behind the fan?
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Follow Up By: Tony - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 08:09

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 08:09
Yes as long as you maintain headway.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:09

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:09
Thanks desert, enzo, Tony, and Bob W. Please see my note to Truckster. Mal.
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Reply By: Member - Bob W - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 08:46

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 08:46
I have gone through several flooded creeks with water up to windscreen and no blind. Bow wave keeps water out of engine bay and viscous fan drive will stop/slip fan if contacts enough water. On checking after crossings only water was high up splashes around batteries, probably came in through bonnet gaps.
Its a good idear to turn off A/C and of course do not stop or attempt to change gear whilst under water. GQ Patrol at the time.
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Bob W
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 10:50

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 10:50
Another tip...if you have electric windows, open them before you hit the water. that way if you stop or suffer an electrical fault, you have an escape route out of the vehicle. We also remove our seat belts during crossings.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 11:50

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 11:50
Hi Melisa, I remember being told about putting the windows down, on driver training, but I missed the significance of ELECTRIC windows. Thanks, you might just have saved me. Mal.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:48

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:48
My pleasure!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:48

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:48
My pleasure!

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Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:50

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:50
My pleasure!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:50

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:50
My pleasure!

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