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|I used an aluminum radiator from L&L Products, designed for a 5.0L Swap in a Ranger and still had a temp problem.
The radiator fit in the opening of the radiator support and had the correct hose connections and mounting points.
You can get it with or without transmission connections based on your application.
Also: Before the radiator swap ($$$)
1) Is this a lifted truck ?
2) Did you do any mods to the 5.0L ?
3) Does it heat up while - a) sitting still, b) driving around town, or c) on the highway ?
To get to my point, my '88 STX Highboy, lifted 5", slight mods to a '93 5.0L with auto, and it always had a higher temp reading when going 65 on the highway than driving around town.
Turned out to be a simple thing, by changing the characteristics of the truck in lift I changed the air flow... too much air under the truck pushing that air in the engine compartment so air entered the engine compartment from both the front and from under the truck causing the air to almost stop flowing through the radiator at higher speeds.
Simple fix relieve the built up pressure under the Hood by creating a sudo Crowl Vented Hood... I lifted the rear of the hood about 1" using blocks of aluminum. I assume washers will work too and the high $$$ way... would be buy a Crowl Scooped Hood and vent the rear of it.
From then on the truck had a temp of about 180-190 most of the time, which is what I think it should've been.
Ended up being a GREAT truck, the one I wish I never sold.
Good Luck !
Last edited on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 08:25 pm by Scrambler82
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK; now Mike Welding and Fabrication.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !