Part 6: Cooling Components
Keeping cool is top priority. No, we're not talking about iPhones, big rims, or overpriced jeans. The cool we covet is our powertrain's vital fluid temperatures. While the operating temp of the engine is generally determined long before it sits between the vehicle's framerails, maintaining those heat numbers once the powerplant is running under the hood is not always simple.
Since our '99 Dodge Durango's factory 5.9L radiator wasn't designed for the heat and volume of the new Viper V-10 engine, we tossed it aside. After taking a few measurements and consulting with our expert Viper tech, Tom Sessions, we decided on a high-flow aluminum radiator and electric fan system from Flex-a-lite. For years Flex-a-lite has offered performance cooling systems for both OE and custom applications. When we presented them with the challenge of keeping our 505ci cool in extreme conditions, they were ready for the test.
With our Mopar Monster still being operated on by the crews from National Speed and Momentum Performance in Wilmington, North Carolina, we continue to cut and craft our way through the project. Putting the fabrication skills of both performance shops to the test, we molded our aftermarket cooling system into place and started work on the interior reassembly.
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Since we've sliced and diced almost every mounting bracket and tab on our dash, we still have a little work to do before we can finish our interior. Be sure to check us out next month as we tackle the dreaded wiring harness and finish up a few loose ends on our cooling system and interior.