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    Posted: 13 Sep. 2020 at 11:24pm
The bar that attaches from the radiator to the hood hinge area...is this really needed?

The reason I ask is that I installed a rain gutter under the hood hinge (diverts water to the sides of the cowl rather than seeping into the engine) and I'm not sure if I really need to install the bar...and, the bar would be a tricky hole to drill and would defeat the purpose of the rain gutter.

I'm not really sure what the purpose of the bar is if everything is already tight.

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I can tell you from bitter experience that the bar IS needed.  I ended up needing to have the radiator on my first Jeep recored because I forgot to re-install the bar once.  Cry  The radiator is not locked in place without the bar.
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the radiator has only the two bottom bolts to the crossmember holding it so you need the round bar to hold it in place keeping it from moving forward or back into the fan .
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Copy that!  Thanks guys!  I'll figure a way to mount it up then!
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I also installed a rain gutter on mine, and just used a dab of "Seal All" around the hole for the support rod. The rod goes through the lip of the gutter. You can barely see the gutter with the rod in this picture.

We had a hard rain a couple of days ago and afterward I went out to check and there wasn't a bit of water on the head. 


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I'm not sure I understand the conflict. Here is a look at the standard rain gutter with the radiator rod installed.  The hole should already be in the lip of the tub.  If no hole, you would probably need to remove the gutter to drill it.  (The photo blows up if you touch it...or click it)

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That is a very nice gutter, but it doesn't look at all like the one that was on my 48 which didn't work very well and looked like those I have seen on parts supplier sites. Nice looking engine bay too.

This 47 didn't have one, so I made one from a piece of aluminum channel with an attached lip I fabricated that fastens to the lip of the tub. The hole for my radiator support is in the lip of the tub which is right behind where the gutter is mounted. Water would leak through that hole go under the gutter onto the head which is why I had to seal it. 
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Originally posted by athawk11 athawk11 wrote:

I'm not sure I understand the conflict. Here is a look at the standard rain gutter with the radiator rod installed.  The hole should already be in the lip of the tub.  If no hole, you would probably need to remove the gutter to drill it.  (The photo blows up if you touch it...or click it)



My conflict was drilling a mounting hole into the gutter...similar to yours.  I guess I was just wondering about getting a good hole drilled in the gutter to mount the rod, but now I see it's not that bad.  Thanks for the picture!
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