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61 4dr, 144 engine, can i run without radiator......

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:12 pm
by 61 Waycrosscomet
Hi All, got a 61 4dr, 144 engine, auto trans. stripping as much I can before taking to blaster and getting primed. Was told I could remove the radiator and heater box if I am not running the engine long. Just need to pull out or garage, then up onto trailer, then from trailer into blasters blasting booth.
Wanted ya'lls thoughts and tips. Thanks.

Re: 61 4dr, 144 engine, can i run without radiator......

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2022 4:51 pm
by SASSY
If you could connect the rad hoses so the motor could circulate water would be much better but yes I have run a motor for a very short time like 20-30 seconds with no prob.
But, I've also seen engines run for bloody ever in demo debys with the rad punched out,, lol.

Re: 61 4dr, 144 engine, can i run without radiator......

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:25 pm
by power band
... as mentioned connecting rad hoses to circulate would be better but as long as you can limit the running time to get it on and off transport you should be OK . Might puke a little coolant though .

reasonable running and stopping condition is presumed to move w/o coolant. Curious how engine is protected from blaster ?

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