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radiator for 289?

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  • radiator for 289?

    It's looking like I'll probably be needing a new radiator for my '68 Cougar. For now (probably a while) I'll be keeping the 289 in it. It's a pretty mild one (under 300hp) and I probably won't be putting a/c back on it. I'd like to keep the bolt-in 20" radiator rather than switching to the saddle mount 24". Any suggestions for brand? I've seen Spectra, Scott Drake, Champion and ECP among others. Any good or bad experiences with any of them? The ones I've been considering are the cheaper versions (under $250), but I might go a little higher than that if there's a significant difference in quality (reliability as opposed to just pure cooling capacity).

    While I'm at it, any suggestions for shock absorbers? It's going to just be a cruiser, so I'm not really considering any of the higher dollar (Koni, Bilstein, etc) shocks. I noticed the Summitt shocks are pretty inexpensive, but I'm not sure if they can be adjusted to work very well down the road. I'm thinking of just getting some KYB Gas-A-Just shocks and go to some dedicated race shocks when I make it go faster at a later date.

    Thanks for any input.
    68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
    '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
    Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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    I bought a Champion aluminum off of eBay for my Lincoln. Looks real good, can't say how it cools yet. Made in USA too!
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