Jeff Nichols

    I don’t think it is a good idea to cut the whole section out. It seems to me you will loose support in that area if you remove that section.

    My car is a stock 260 with original fan, shroud, water pump, recored radiator and has never overheated. The only thing I did to help the cooling was to make the side block off plates and stuff pipe insulation between the x-member and radiator.

    When I first bought my car it did overheat. The cause was a plugged up radiator caused by a collision repair. Once the radiator was recored with original type core, no more overheating.

    Unless you run a 302 the stock set up should work fine.