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PostSubject: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 5:15 pm

I have a 1988 Ford F150 XLT Lariat. I was driving round and it ran out of gas when i put it in park steam started puffing out of the hood so i popped the hood and ran around front i got around front just in time to watch all of my coolant flow freely out of the now exploded radiator. I limped it back home and parked it i went out a few minutes ago to diagnose the problem the passenger side tank was blown to pieces on the radiator and one of the heater hoses was blew apart at the connector. the only way that i know this could have happened is that there was an explosion. I'm stumped i don't think that the normal pressure would be enough to blow a whole side and a heater hose to pieces. maybe the head blew i have no clue.. any help will be greatly appreciated. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 5:47 pm

i exploded a radiator hose and part of my ALUMINUM radiator in my s10.. it's from ice.. apparently the guy i got the truck from used 1 gallon of 50/50 antifreeze and filled the rest with water, meaning the system was 75-80% water and it froze.. went out somewhere, it overheated and POOF, hose was blown to pieces and part of the radiator had a hole in it

it's a lot easier for the radiator in your truck to blow apart, it's only carbon plastic or whatever..
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 6:03 pm

i have no clue i tested the antifreeze and it was at a 50/50 so idk if that happened or what
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 6:33 pm

i'd say i have a brand new 2 core radiator you could have if you paid for the shipping, but it's for a 4.9
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 9:18 pm

ive got a 5.0. is there any dif. in the radiators or are they the same deal?
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 9:32 pm

they're completely different.. top hose on a 302 is on the passenger side, 4.9 is on the drivers.. same with the lower hose, opposite sides.. or something like that.. it's been a while, but i know they're opposite
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 11:38 pm

You definatley had a blow out. It was probably a weak section on the radiator and either ice built up, or an air pocket happened and pow! Either way, new radiator, new hoses (replace the bottom one while your at it) and you should be good to go.

As Chris said, the radiators are different. If you go to the junkyard, find a truck with a 302 or 351 and it will fit.

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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 11th 2010, 11:41 pm

yeah.. and if you do go to the junkyard to get 1.. try finding a 2 core.. it's thicker than a single so it won't be too hard to figure out which is which
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 3:57 pm

Im thinking of taking everything out of the hood cleanin it up and replacin all gaskets and rebuilding what is wore out any idea on how much $$ is gonna cost to do this?
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 4:33 pm

fordman68 wrote:
I have a 1988 Ford F150 XLT Lariat. I was driving round and it ran out of gas when i put it in park steam started puffing out of the hood so i popped the hood and ran around front i got around front just in time to watch all of my coolant flow freely out of the now exploded radiator. I limped it back home. scratch

How long were you driving around until this happened ? Was there coolant on the ground at home? or where ever you were before you headed out.?

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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 4:41 pm

it has always leaked a little bit but I keep it at a full 50/50 in the coolant system i was driving around for about 30 minutes and not really hard.. i was driving it hard but not stupid not hard enough to blow a frekin head off of it or anything. bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 6:57 pm

fordman68 wrote:
Im thinking of taking everything out of the hood cleanin it up and replacin all gaskets and rebuilding what is wore out any idea on how much $$ is gonna cost to do this?

Are you talking about the cooling system, or the entire motor?

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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 7:14 pm

the coolant system blew up but im thinkin that i might have blew a head gasket so im gonna go ahead and overhaul my engine. and i need to know how much im lookin at spendin in that department
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 7:19 pm

If your just going to regasket it, you can get everything you need for $200-$250. If your going to do it correctly, you will need a machine shop to bore/hone the cylinders, re-cut the mains for oversived bearings, etc... that will depend a lot on how much the machine shop charges.

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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 9:07 pm

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If your just going to regasket it, you can get everything you need for $200-$250.

no way! i never paid over 100 for a complete felpro gasket set for a 302..
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 9:17 pm

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merlin5577 wrote:
If your just going to regasket it, you can get everything you need for $200-$250.

no way! i never paid over 100 for a complete felpro gasket set for a 302..

I was including the cost of a junkyard radiator, new hoses, and thermostat.

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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 12th 2010, 9:27 pm

ok.. 150.. unless he goes to a 'they pull it' and gets raped
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 13th 2010, 1:18 am

why would you ever buy a junkyard radiator.. they cost 75 bucks usually and for another 15 you could get a brand new one.. your just asking for the same problems all over again.. unless you find a truck that has had a new radiator put in it recently then its not worth it IMO.. if you dont break it during the install then shortly after its gonna give way again..
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 13th 2010, 11:48 am

HAHAHAHAH.. 75 lmfao.. you NEVER buy a 'cheap' ford radiator.. they use a sh*tty composite plastic that'll do just what his did, sometimes under normal temps. the only place anyone should ever go to get a composite radiator is napa.. they're not cheap but they're made from the same top quality that ford used on the OEM radiators

as for 1 out of the junkyard giving out on him, not likely.. unless he puts straight water in it and it freezes/overheats again.. but that will happen with any radiator and hose.

what i HIGHLY suggest him to do is snatch up a junkyard radiator, get a hose and test the system with a coolant system compression tester. if it doesn't hold pressure, he's got a leak. if it's not dripping onto the ground under the truck, than there's a good possibility he has a blown head gasket. it will save time him and money if the gaskets turn out to be fine
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 13th 2010, 2:58 pm

Got to looking last night and the oil and everything is still full so im guessing freezing; heads seem to be fine.. and the least amount of money spent on this truck the better so i might hold off on the over haul till summer or next year even. funds arent where i would like them to be right now Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 13th 2010, 3:29 pm

While I'm glad its not as bad as was previously thought, I'm sorry to hear about your financial troubles. Are you still planning on making it driveable?

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PostSubject: Re: Problems.   February 13th 2010, 8:11 pm

yes it has to be drivable by this time next year. if i cant get it done by then its going up forsale. Sad
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