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Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby scottyroll » Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:44 pm

On my last boat I had too much hose bouncing around and I would like to do it differently this time. Do any of y'all have anyone that you would recommend in the central Florida area who could build a tubing structure (I don't know what else to call it) that would allow for firm mounting to my rigging and radiator with just a little bit of heater hose to be used at the joints? I think it would be safer to pursue this route instead of having something like 8ft of heater hose jumping around :blackeye:
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Postby Tommy Roachford » Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:47 pm

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby ls1airboat » Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:51 pm

mine is stainless pipe

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Deano » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:23 pm

Not to imply that your local muffler shop will be stocking Stainless (if that's what you want) in the size you need, but those are the guys who have the equipment and experience to do it comparatively easily.

If you do it before the cage and say 'connect this with this', it's reasonably affordable.

Now, if you drop it off with the cage installed and leave it for them to design . . . . well then probably not so much.
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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Birddog247 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:37 pm

Just my opinion but I thought about it during my build and instead of 4 hose clamps you will now have 8 to worry about. It would probably never happen but chances are increased slightly. Food for thought that's all.
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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Striker543 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:05 pm

I had aluminum piping with short amounts of hose for my cooling system originally. One of the guys in Homestead did it for me for less than $50. I switched to hose because my cage was just too tight to come up with a good design for the aluminum tubing and I didn't like it bouncing around as much as it did.

I will say the boat seemed to run a little cooler with the coolant flowing through the aluminum pipes.

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby skinny99 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:28 pm

Birddog247 wrote:Just my opinion but I thought about it during my build and instead of 4 hose clamps you will now have 8 to worry about. It would probably never happen but chances are increased slightly. Food for thought that's all.



http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sme-240175

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby ls1airboat » Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:55 am

my pipes have a bead welded around each end so the hoses wont slip off

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Birddog247 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:53 am

skinny99 wrote:
Birddog247 wrote:Just my opinion but I thought about it during my build and instead of 4 hose clamps you will now have 8 to worry about. It would probably never happen but chances are increased slightly. Food for thought that's all.



http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sme-240175

Never worry about a hose clamp again.


Same ones I ended up using. I tend to overthink key components. Some say that's a bad thing but I don't think so.
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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby One Eyed Gator » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:54 am

I would call or PM Chris aka smugglers on sa and speak with him.

The 2 boats in his yard had smooth curves bent into pipe with brackets weld to it. They flowed with the rigging. He is helping me with a cage very reasonable pricing for the quality of work you are getting.

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby swamper2 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:59 am

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby happy harold » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:46 am

I've been plumbing my boats with 1" OD alum tubing for over 20 years. you can use conduit benders to conform to what ever curves you need to tidy up the system. I started by trying conduit--worked, but would not last long. also does not need thermostat with this system.

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Hammer00 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:48 am

I took some stiff wire and bent it into some patterns. I then took this to my local muffler shop and had him copy them with just plain ol muffler tubing. The guy did it for a case of beer :lol:

Now, everyones goin to comment say "it wont work, its too thin, its goin to rust through bla bla bla" well mines been fine for 3 years. Paint the outside, keep antifreeze on the inside and you'll be fine! Yes stainless in ideal, but not a must. I was on a budget at the time. :D
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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Deano » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:30 am

Everybody won't. :D Nothing wrong with galvanized, I've had it last way longer than that.

Clamp-wise, the T-bar clamps are the hot ticket.
If they're good enough for wet exhaust connections on an inboard big block . . . well you know.

And as LS1 pointed out, a small bead on the end of the tube is cheap insurance.
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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby Afflicted » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:00 pm

The clamps in the link r best. U can get em TIGHT.. I call them turbo clamps bc all my life pretty much the only thing u c em on is turbos on trucks and equipment.

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Re: Radiator (Pipe Welding)

Postby slidingforhogs » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:19 pm

got a new profile made scott, but yes we will implim ent the piping on your build bro..got ya covered.. :cheers:
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