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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 19, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Issue with Griffin radiator fit

I ordered a Griffin performance fit radiator
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/g.../model/camaro/
and it does not even come close to fitting in my '67. The ears don't reach the core support. The top of the radiator hits the lip on the inside of the support. I called Griffin and they said it should fit just fine, they even sent me pictures of a '69 core support with the radiator lined up on it. I really cannot see my support have that much bow that it does not fit. Has anyone had similar issues? Is a '67 and a '69 support the same?
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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

This is my Griffin in my 69. Fits well.
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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

I have one in my '68, mounting hole matched perfectly. Looks like the previous photo.

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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

I have one in my 73 Mach1 that fit perfectly ... granted completely different car, but it does go to indicate that the Griffin factory fit radiators seem to generally fit.

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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

Maybe the factory fit instead of the performance fit would work better ?

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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

Summit description states the following:

* Griffin Performance Fit radiator combos may require modifications for installation.
* See Griffin Exact Fit radiator combos for installation with no modifications.

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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

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Summit description states the following:

* Griffin Performance Fit radiator combos may require modifications for installation.
* See Griffin Exact Fit radiator combos for installation with no modifications.

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Maybe the factory fit instead of the performance fit would work better ?

When I called Griffin they said the performance fit for the Camaro fits perfectly, it was the rad she sent me a pic of laying on a '69 core support they had on the floor.
I wonder if its mis-labeled or someone put on the wrong ears.


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This is my Griffin in my 69. Fits well.
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Thanks for the pic Brett, makes me more at ease about the amount of bow in the core support. I think they just sent me the wrong one or there is some other issue with the rad. Going to take some pics to send to them and post on here. I know when I looked up the part number on my core support it came up as '67-'68 not '69, I wonder what the difference is? Griffin said that model I got fits all 3 years.


Here is the part number tag from the support
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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

Here is a pic of the fit, the mounting ears just do not reach the core support
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My Griffin has the L bracket mounts just like yours maybe a 3/4” offset.
Your core support must have a lot more bend to it than mine, you have quite a gap there. Mine is nowhere near that.

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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

Looking at the old rad, it has a lot more clearance between the core and the center of the support. The old rad has a 2" core, it looks like the ear reaches a full 1.5" from the core to the end of the ears (the tanks are not an issue). The new one has only 3/4" from the core to the mounting surface of the ears.
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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

I attached a couple pics of mine.
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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

Compare this measurement to yours.

My radiator sits a 1/2" from the core support at this point.
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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

Griffin is saying that my core support must be bent, I don't see how it can be bent yet all of the sheet metal still line up on the front end. The gaps are OK. Maybe I just need to fab some spacers and call it good.


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Re: Issue with Griffin radiator fit

That sounds like the easiest fix.

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