AFCO’s Diverse Custom Radiator Support Keeps Us Cool

You can have all the horsepower in the world, but if you can’t cool it properly, it doesn’t do you any good.  This especially goes for non-intercooled supercharged engines like the 427 ci in our ’65 Mustang.  While making 1030 hp, it is still a street/strip vehicle that needs proper cooling, and if you have ever seen the stock radiator size in a first gen Mustang, you’d know it’s laughable.

Thus we turned to AFCO and their custom made radiators.  We wanted to fit the biggest possible radiator we could in the Mustang, and we did just that.  It fills from frame rail to frame rail, and the end tanks have been tapered to the body line at the bottom to maximize this space.  Additionally, AFCO was able to accommodate a few other needs, like end tank mounting tabs that will secure into the frame rails as well as a water temperature sensor bung.

But outside the ability to weld together some aluminum, AFCO radiators are really top notch pieces.  All radiators are made completely from aluminum without the need for epoxy.  Not only does this make for a lighter radiator, but the common material bonding provides for increased thermal efficiency. Also, all radiators are 100% TIG welded and are multi-step pressure tested to ensure there are no leaks.

All AFCO radiators are hand TIG welded here in the good ol' USA

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Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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