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The Nuclear Option
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ummmvare you going to tilt it forward or something to be able to access the cap ??? and you done dinged this one already too :p
Nope. I'm going to use the expansion tank to fill the system and use the overflow tube on the radiator if I need to bleed the system.

The radiator in the picture is the damaged one. All that damage is from shipping.
 

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So will this be back on the street in 2022 or 2023? Seems that you have REALLY gone down the Cruze rabbit hole on this project.

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2024.

I got the damages radiator fitted. I have just enough room for the A/C condenser! This afternoon I'm going to route the A/C and intake hoses. Once those are done, I'm going to mount the fan to the shroud and then attach that to the good radiator and take out the damaged one.


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UPDATE:

With my spare time today, I drilled and tapped the fan shroud for the fan and mounted it.

Fan shroud drilled and tapped:
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Fan mounted to the shroud:
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Tomorrow's task: Mount the fan/shroud assembly to the radiator. And, if it's not too hot, dry fit the fan/shroud/radiator assembly in the car.
 

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Discussion Starter · #1,025 ·
UPDATE:

I mounted the shroud/fan assembly to the radiator. The universal shroud didn't require much modification.

Radiator:

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The 3 parts assembled:

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I also test fitted the assembly in the car. It's a thicker than I envisioned. So I'll need to rework some things to move the mounting brackets, and intercooler forward. But what's new? :LOL:
 

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UPDATE:

I removed the intercooler and moved the radiator brackets forward and re-fit the radiator. It looking like everything will fit just fine with some more modification for the condenser and intercooler mounting.

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And now you get AC back! Very important.

While I can't really use it in city driving due to the crazy amount of shaking it introduces with the TTR engine and trans mounts. But on the freeway, boy is it delicious.
 
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And now you get AC back! Very important.
If I didn't damage my A/C manifold. I had to do some bending to accommodate the turbo with the factory radiator installed. I have one connection that I can seem to get to mate flush.

I'll try again another day. It's way to hot out right now.
 

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UPDATE:

I am currently waiting on more parts. A new A/C manifold, a snap ring for the mechanical thermostat and a sensor housing for the radiator temperature sensor that's located in the factory lower coolant hose.

In the meantime, I've been fabricating and dry fitting the intercooler and A/C condenser in their new locations 4 inches forward from the original locations.

Intercooler in new location:
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Discussion Starter · #1,033 ·
UPDATE:

I got a lot finished today. I installed the traditional mechanical thermostat, the new A/C manifold, attached the intercooler pipes, clocked the turbo again, installed the radiator/fan assembly, and finished installing the exhaust (with the exception of 1 hanger.)

All the piping installed:
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The radiator assembly installed:
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And the side exit exhaust tip:
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Discussion Starter · #1,034 ·
UPDATE:

It's poured almost every day this week. We got over 8 inches of rain. But it was dry, so now the grass and plants are happy. Today it dried out enough that I could work on the Cruze. I installed the new condenser, the transmission cooler and ran new transmission cooler lines.

New Condenser:
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Condenser installed:
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Transmission cooler and lines installed:
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UPDATE 07/23/22:

I finished the cooling system over the last few days. No leaks so far. I knew the cooling system capacity would increase but, I wasn't sure how much. I added 2 gallons of 50/50 coolant and the system still issues all the way full. Here's some pics:

Custom Silicone Radiator Hoses:
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The new coolant oil cooler line:
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New Radiator Inside

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New radiator cap:

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UPDATE:

I started the car up today. Runs Great! It idels between 185F-190F. Now time for a video with the new exhaust (3 Inch Pipe, No Cat, Magnaflow Rosonator and Muffler, Side Exit).



I also charged the A/C. It's a chilly 40F degrees at idle.

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UPDATE:

I started the car up today. Runs Great! It idels between 185F-190F. Now time for a video with the new exhaust (3 Inch Pipe, No Cat, Magnaflow Rosonator and Muffler, Side Exit).



I also charged the A/C. It's a chilly 40F degrees at idle.

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Nice smooth idle for a race car! That is some chilly AC. Mine was 39 when I used an infrared gun on it, so you’re right in the range.
 

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Nice smooth idle for a race car! That is some chilly AC. Mine was 39 when I used an infrared gun on it, so you’re right in the range.
It is now. I'm on my 3rd tune update and the car hasn't even been on the ground yet. :LOL:

I used the scale method for measuring the volume of refrigerant. Right on 22 ounces ~ 1.38 lbs which is the spec.
 

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It is now. I'm on my 3rd tune update and the car hasn't even been on the ground yet. :LOL:

I used the scale method for measuring the volume of refrigerant. Right on 22 ounces ~ 1.38 lbs which is the spec.
Nice, going to be fun to rip it soon. You shooting for fall??
 

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Nice, going to be fun to rip it soon. You shooting for fall??
Hopefully this weekend.
I have to:
Fit the bumper, which will take some modification;
Seal up any small exhaust leaks, I think there is a small one;
Install a couple underbody shields;
Put the front wheels on;
Relearn the TPMS;
Put it on the ground;
And GO!
 
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