Radiator scored on 100s

Submitted: Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:58
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A group of us just got back from Cape York and two of us had Turbo Diesel Landcruisers. On the trip we did a few water crossings but none were particularly deep - well below bonnet height so we did not use a tarp. Other cars were a petrol GU patrol and two petrol 80 series cruisers.
Funny thing was that both 100 series T/D Landcruisers had scores on the back of the radiator - not deep enough to puncture the radiator but close.
Thought I would suggest everyone with this car who has done some water crossings to go out and have a look at the back of the radiator to see if it is a common problem.
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Reply By: Penguin - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:07

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:07
Hi Jen,

The score marks are probably from fan blade deflection whilst partly submerged. Maybe different fan used on the TD's.
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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:07

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:07
Yes the fan is too close on the 100 series, i have a 70mm gap on my 80 series so i don't need to worry.

One method i have heard of is to drill a small hole on the tip of a fan blade so you can wire it to the housing when crossing deep water, this apparently stops the fan (fluid driven) from damaging the radiator . Or you could loosen the fan belt, but this would be anoying every 20min.

Jen, lucky you made it back, what a pain that would be out bush !
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Reply By: Willie - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 14:21

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 14:21
Hi Jen,

A long time ago, before many Exploroz forumites were born, we drove Suzuki two strokes. This was before viscous fans as well.

So we made a galvanised plate that slid between the radiator and the fan cowling so that when you wanted to ford a creek you simply lifted the bonnet, slid the plate in, and crossed the crrek. When the plastic fan blades surged forward they rubbed harmlessly against the plate. I am sure with a bit of ingenuity you can make such a plate up for 100 series.
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: crfan - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 15:33

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 15:33
It is not recomended to stop a viscus clutch fan from spinning
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Follow Up By: Mick - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:24

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 22:24
VAFWD 4wd driver training recommends this method crfan. Obviously you only stop it for the actual crossing.
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