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Old 06-27-2018, 08:52 PM
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The FedEx truck never came today; I think they dropped the ball and the tracking info shows the package sat in the Memphis hub for 12 hours before it started moving again. Hopefully it gets here early tomorrow.

The kids are having fun swimming in the pool here at the campground and riding their bikes; they've been making friends with other campers' kids; we've met some really nice folks at the nightly ice cream social at the park office; the temps are hovering in the upper 70's to low 80's; so it definitely could be worse. I know we'll have great stories to tell later on; just doesn't feel so great right now.

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Old 06-28-2018, 11:02 AM
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The FedEx truck never came today; I think they dropped the ball and the tracking info shows the package sat in the Memphis hub for 12 hours before it started moving again. Hopefully it gets here early tomorrow.

The kids are having fun swimming in the pool here at the campground and riding their bikes; they've been making friends with other campers' kids; we've met some really nice folks at the nightly ice cream social at the park office; the temps are hovering in the upper 70's to low 80's; so it definitely could be worse. I know we'll have great stories to tell later on; just doesn't feel so great right now.

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Old 06-28-2018, 09:01 PM
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As long as you have nowhere to be (such as work), enjoy the down time and relax.
You're right. In fact, I was able to relax by the pool and even got a nap in today! So it wasn't all bad. My 8 year old boy doesn't even want to leave this campground now!

FedEx finally showed up, so I got the new radiator and installed it this afternoon! Everything seems to be working fine and normal. Will head back towards Rapid City tomorrow to spend a few days before heading home after that.

The Champion radiator seems like a really nice quality product. On the plus side, Ledfoot Racing plays contemporary Christian music when you're on hold, and they have Bible verses on their packaging. I feel pretty good about supporting that company!

I'll post pictures when I get a chance.

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Glad it worked out for you !!!


The radiator they sent me was the same one you received, they are in the process of testing the thermal dispersant coating I applied, hopefully I will be doing more work for them, also I will have them on my web site in the coated version with test data of the improved thermal dissipating quality's also..
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Glad it worked out for you !!!


The radiator they sent me was the same one you received, they are in the process of testing the thermal dispersant coating I applied, hopefully I will be doing more work for them, also I will have them on my web site in the coated version with test data of the improved thermal dissipating quality's also..
Cool! (No pun intended)

So far I'm pretty pleased with the new radiator. We are almost back home to Missouri from Wyoming. Left Buffalo, WY on Friday morning, spent a few nights in Rapid City, SD, and started heading home Monday morning. Stopped overnight at St Joseph, MO and should be home by lunch time tomorrow. The new radiator has allowed the engine to run cooler, mostly because now the engine fan kicks on even sooner. I am guessing that the air flow through the radiator is better, causing the fan to heat up quicker and kick on? I'm not sure why, but now the ECT seems to be more constant and a few degrees cooler, with the fan coming on and off more than before. Today the fan was on most of the day since we were facing a head wind and the engine was working hard all day just maintaining highway speeds, but the temp stayed a constant 210 except for a few short hill climbs that caused the temps to rise just a bit above that, but then quickly came back down. Now I have to keep an eye on EGT's when climbing grades more than watching the ECT.

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Old 07-09-2018, 05:16 PM
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As promised, here are some pictures of the radiator damage and the new radiator.



Here's what I discovered when I heard a loud "pop" followed by a ton of steam:





After I pulled the radiator out:







And the new Champion all-aluminum radiator:





When installing the new radiator, I was frightened for a moment since the transmission cooler lines didn't fit; it took me a moment to realize that Champion had supplied adapters and I just needed to remove the adapters, then the lines fit perfectly. The new radiator was slightly shorter than the original, so I cut some rubber spacers to make sure it didn't flop around and was clamped in place securely. Also, the overflow inlet/outlet that is on the top passenger side was one size smaller than the original unit, so I needed to adapt it up to the rubber hose that comes from the coolant reservoir.

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Old 07-10-2018, 05:25 AM
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That looks real nice Casey. Looks like you won't have to do that again!
Thanks for the pics and I'm glad you got home alright!
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:27 AM
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That looks real nice Casey. Looks like you won't have to do that again!
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That's what I'm thinking! Something else is going to blow long before the radiator gives out.

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That is pretty wild. That is a huge section that blew out.
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