Radiator and Engine Offset
I acquired my 68 recently and found that it vapor locked easily, in fact it did it on the way home the first day. Anyway, we rerouted the fuel line and it helped. Now I have another problem, the fan does not reach the shroud, even with a 2 3/4 in. spacer. I bought a new flex fan and 2 3/4 in. spacer, thinking it would be better than the clutch fan in cooling, but either way it doesn't reach it. This weekend I drained the radiator and attempted to push it back toward the motor and after cutting a 3.5 in. spacer to keep the radiator in place (and it looks dumb!), it finally goes into the shroud. Then while looking at it further I noticed the radiator has no mounting brackets, it was just rigged to press against the radiator mount (with these custom brackets) and then in looking at the radiator mount it looks like it doesn't belong either (no holes for mounting to). I'll take pics and upload tomorrow morning so you can see.
My questions are, 1) why on earth is the engine so far back and why is it offset? It seems to sit further to the passenger side than in the middle, causing the fan to be offset and therefore I can't sit a shroud directly into the middle of the radiator...2) Should I invest in a Radiator mount and radiator to get it all fitting better? I will still have that huge gap between the fan and the radiator so why would I spend all that money? 3) Should I just get an electric fan on the radiator and leave the flex fan to blow into the engine bay helping the vapor locking issue even more?
If I go with 3, do you have any recommendations? I live in South Denver, CO and mostly do driving under 45 mph so maybe electric is the way to go?