1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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joed
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1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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Can anyone tell me why there are 2 different radiator support styles. One has a gradual slope from side to side while the other has very steep slope on each end.

I had a straight six and swapped in a V8. Mine hade the steep slope ends. I have seen pictures with both styles on both sized engines. The reason why I want to know is for fender and hood fitting issues incase I have to replace them.

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Joe
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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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Battery tray styles are different for the 6 cyl vs. the V-8. Radiators were also different. That's probably why...

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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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I appreciate the reply. With that being said, even thought the top curve was redesigned to fit the battery tray for the V8 are the hoods and fenders the same or were they redesigned as well.

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Joe
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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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In order to fit a V8 in a Comet, the battery had to be moved and rotated. In order to do that, the radiator support had to be changed. In order to do that, the headlight bucket assembly had to be changed. In order to do that, the location of front attaching points on the fender had to be changed. All this "kinda" came about with the hardtops and convertibles.

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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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That would just be the right fender.

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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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If they changes the radiator support in my 63 to fit a V8 if ordered, even thought mine was an inline 6, would that mean the steering and suspension was all changed as well to accommodate the 260 V8 or were those parts added on only when a V8 was ordered or built at the factory?

I know this is a tough question but I just cant find any info anywhere to include all the manuals I have on my 63.

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Joe
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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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The body changes were for all. Suspension parts were only changed for V8 cars.

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Re: 1963 Comet S22 conv radiator support

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Thank you all for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

Joe
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