KW narrow nose with a big engine

Discussion in 'Kenworth Forum' started by Captain Mudsocks, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Bean Jr.

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    I learned how to drive a 281 Peterbilt with a 262 Cummins in the early 80s, but I didn't start driving for a living until 1998. What surprises me about late model iron is how small the radiators are. Yes, they run a little hotter, but still the cooling systems do the job now when they didn't before.

    I have 2 theories of why. First, aluminum is a better conductor of heat than copper is, so the radiators work better. Second is the fans and shrouds work a lot better than they did then.

    If I were putting a big engine in a narrow hood, I'd make sure that my radiator had an an extra row. If standard is 3 row, then I'd get a 4 row.
     
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  3. AModelCat

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  4. Captain Mudsocks

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    Good point. I never noticed that.
     
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  5. Snow Monster

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  6. AModelCat

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    I meant I've seen them, just not any from the 80's. Should have been more specific lol. The green/white one in that link I've seen at Hot Nite in the City in Kamloops a few times. A lot of pride went into that build.
     
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  7. Snow Monster

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    Yeah, that is a nice truck, followed the build progress as they posted on another website, lot's of luv in that one.

    I would drive it! lol
     
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  8. Captain Mudsocks

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    Man, are those pretty. I see the grill on that '08 T170s actually smaller, so I guess it's only a matter of will it fit. It's drivin' me friggin nuts that it's so dang hard to find basic dimensions.
     
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  9. Snow Monster

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    Have you tried the ATHS forum?
    Might get more answers there.
     
  10. Ridgeline

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    The last time I saw a pre-70 kw was at Vander Haag in pa.


    As for the a/c, lots ways to mount the condenser with fans under the cab or behind it.
     
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  11. Captain Mudsocks

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    I'll check it out.
     
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