Nice, Make it work so you can drive that car. Who cares how it looks now. All these yrs past by and now your so close. Make it run, then make it pretty. My bet is after it is running, you will be spending so much time driving, that stuff that was once bothersome will be forgotten.THE key issue to be finalized was similar to what a couple of you guys have also been dealing with, the mounting of your radiators. The stock Studebaker engine was a little 170 cubic inch flathead inline six which really didn’t require much cooling. The 512 CID, wide-ass Cadillac is a totally different animal. The new cooling requirements led to ditching the original core support/radiator locator in favor of a wider U-shaped piece of hardware whose job is:
1) Position (hold) the fenders together
2) Support the new aluminum double-pass, cross-flow, two row radiator
Of course everything has to be custom made as there are no “KITS” for this swap.
I looked at splitting the original core support to widen it but that lost traction. Next came a search for pieces of channel that might work and though usable sized were available they were too thick and heavy for the job. Finally, I settled of using welded angle iron pieces for the job.
Settling on radiator placement also deals with the ugly question of electric fan fitment. Simply put there ain’t no room to spare!
Nothing wrong with a little pre-bent steel going in and saving you some time (wagon). I have seen a bunch of True Value wheel barrow firewall tubs, but this is the first red wagon I've seen. Another thing you can use is the later model pickup gas tank skid plate that wraps around the whole bottom of the plastic gas tank. These have nice rounded corners and are like 16 gauge steel or thicker. Something you can pick up for cheap next time you are at the junkyard.
You can use the Mark VIII fan as a pusher if you move it in front of the radiator but keep it oriented in the same direction and mount it from the back side (electric motor side) of the fan. So the fan would still be turning the same direction. It looks like you have it figured out. The shroud around the blades would have to be tight to the radiator so most of the pushed air makes it through the radiator. Now you have a bird Cuisinart.
I haven't said much on this forum but really have enjoyed and learned a lot over the years. My Coupe DeVille followed me out to California 2 years ago when the garage at my rental house burned with my '69 DeVille Convertible project in it. Convertible was amazingly undamaged and I give a lot of credit to the silver Car Jacket that it was in and of course God for burning up only what I didn't really need. It took me a year to use the R4 compressor from Greg Siurfas. It took me a week just to replace the rear springs in this beast as I decided to get taller springs to deal with a big trailer hitch and a heavy sound system. You are making great progress Darius. You deserve to hear it run! That will inspire you past whatever challenges await.I think that is really sharp, but I have been tending towards blue for whatever my next project is...