Electric fans on a 86 Regal

Discussion in 'V-8 Buick Powered Regals' started by 70 GMuscle, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    What are you all using for electric fans?
    Big block powered Regal. Has a stock fan and shroud.
    Want to switch to electric to cool down while at drag strip.
    I have used Chevy hhr on a 68 Chevelle small block but it has a larger radiator and literally fight right over it like it was made for it.
    Regal has a much smaller rad.
    This is a budget build car my friend has.
    Thank you.
    Chris
     
  2. 1987Regal

    1987Regal Well-Known Member

  3. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    Thank you.
     
  4. 1987Regal

    1987Regal Well-Known Member

    A thought, if this car was a V6 powered car did he switch to a v8 radiator? Because the radiator on the V8 radiator is bigger. Also I'll get pics of how mine is in the car later after work.
     
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  5. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    Thanks. The radiator is a tight fit. I gave him an aluminum A body version but it’s too wide.
    These cars seem right and have some bracing bolted inside the fender well to rad supports if I remember what I was looking at. How wide is your radiator?
    Thank you
    Chris
     
  6. 1987Regal

    1987Regal Well-Known Member

    I wanna say it's 19x31, mines an older Northern radiator brand, it seems they changed a little bit since I bought mine. If you buy a champion brand you need to watch the width of the tubes. I got screwed on the first radiator it was a two row 3/4 wide tubes, you need to go with 2 row 1 inch wide tubes. I chased an overheating issue. It would idle all day and be cool. But at cruising (speed 3000rpm) creep to 205 before ac was on. Then to 215+
     

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  7. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    The Iroc Z radiator is a direct bolt in for the Gbody,...pick them up for around $120 at your parts store,..
     
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  8. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Do you run electric water pump?
     
  9. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    No. Electric water pump.
    This is step 1. Budget build.
    Bought the hhr fan assembly. Works on a 68 velle 355 iron head car. Also a fox body where I first saw it.
    hhr fan $60 w shroud.
    I will let you all know how it works.
     
  10. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    I’m going by what my friend says.
    He has not told me measurements.
     
  11. STAGE-2 TORQUE

    STAGE-2 TORQUE STAGE-1 Buick "482 Stroker" in 2021


    I use dual Derale 4000-cfm puller Fans.
     
  12. vanilla bean

    vanilla bean Well-Known Member

    Forgot name but that setup I had to order from champion radiators. Yes I know its CHINA the radiator anyways. But ye performance cooling.
     

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  13. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly post whore

    you can find the the ebay knock offs with fans for a few hundred
     
  14. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    I tossed a amazon knock off rad the other day. On a daily driver and replaced w a denso. What a difference.
    I have a champion rad in my Chevelle. Fits like crap but a track car at moment so will leave it. Won’t buy another.
    Desert cooler in Buick. 20 years old and still going.
     
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  15. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    Get the good stuff.
     
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  16. 1987Regal

    1987Regal Well-Known Member

    Had a champion in my regal felt the same way, car ran warm down the highway without a/c on. The one I had was only 2 row 3/4 wide tubes instead of 2 row 1" wide tubes. It fit but could have been better. I have a northern brand now and my issues went a way. I have 3:42 gears in an 8.5 with a th350 at 70mph I'm turning 3000-3200rpm that's a lot of heat getting made before A/C's on.
     
  17. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    Bo
    How does it fit in the radiator cushions.
    I bought the 3 row champion direct fit. It’s the jokes on me. Does not fit. 3 row. Junk. I’d recommend against it.
     
  18. 70 GMuscle

    70 GMuscle Plan B

    My friend who this thread started about removed rad and fan and trying to relocate alternator on his 455 Oldsmobile powered regal.
    I think he will use the Moroso water pump drive kit now too.
     
  19. 1987Regal

    1987Regal Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the late response I'm out of state Snowmobiling and haven't been paying attention to this. I don't think it fit that great, I think I had to make it fit in my regal. Mine had the welded tanks on the ends instead of formed. Champion radiators some like them, some guys hate them. I hate them, there just a universal radiator that fit with modifications. The one I had was designed with poor cooling.
     

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