shouldnt be doing anything at all until the engine is hot. As you quite rightly say the thermostat will take care of the coolant in the rad - its not going to start circulating until its needed. Its the cooling effect of the air over the rest of the engine that Im trying to reduce here. Think of it this way - youll be warmer if you fasten up your coat when you go out in a cold wind. The second idea
of variable geometry system is needed. ideally the radiator and engine bay should be separately blanked and independently thermostatically controlled. Further testing really needs some additional telemetry in particular itd be useful to know the engine bay temperature in several places & the coolant temperature just before & just after the radiator matrix. I really do think itd be worthwhile for fiat
Ive got an AC fan from a Y10 that is a perfect fit for a Panda. Has a bit of heat resistant board and reflective material in front of it in anticipation of it being near to the manifold . Ive been saving it for a potential use in my Panda but if you need it Craig I can sell it to you. labelled as 10 in the ePer image below. Attached Thumbnails   __________________   Quote   24-10-2009   19 CLXCraig Scarlet   Join Date Jun 2008 Location Hampshire Posts 2726 Thanks 93 Trader Rating 0   Re How much airflow does the radiator need Hi Lewey. Thanks for the pic and offer. Dont think ill be using one as im going to keep blocked of space to a minimum. I only really want to add a brow over the top of the lights.. but incorporate the lights in it aswell. Once i get some ideas donw ill draw them up to 11 and work out uncovered surface area and compare to a standard mk2 panda pre injection grille with lamps as i have one in the garage and one of the fiat accesorie versions with the lamps built in. Jon Ill be needing your help with that bit
Quote Originally Posted by Antonio I had an idea similar to this for my Fujita. I had plans of cutting a hole in the same slope to access colder air underneath. I was going to find something to extend the Intake tubing to actually place the filter down in the new hole and then sealing off the filter completely with a bracket and silicone. I havent taken a look under there yet so I dont know how much
Quote Originally Posted by JRinKY I do not think that you need to do anything. I have been doing some testing and have found that the underhood temperature in the area of the intake (stock or CAI) is very near ambient when the car is moving at more than about 30 MPH. Thats no surprise to me. As I was contemplating how to get fresh air either through the grille with the stock filter box or the radiator
Quote Originally Posted by spider Thats no surprise to me. As I was contemplating how to get fresh air either through the grille with the stock filter box or the radiator shroud using a CAI with a box over it I noticed there was alot of accumulated sand etc. on top of the stock airbox. So there is definitely plenty of air blasting around. Thats funnysad about the dyno conversation. Seems no matter
The empty space behind the grille in front of the radiator is tempting (I assume thats the space youre thinking of). How to best (securely and quietly are two issues) use the space are two issues involved. I like the concept and using it for tools and the jack sounds very practical but how to best carry it off is my question. I hope youll keep working on it and come up with a clever solution.
Quote Originally Posted by The empty space behind the grille in front of the radiator is tempting (I assume thats the space youre thinking of). How to best (securely and quietly are two issues) use the space are two issues involved. I like the concept and using it for tools and the jack sounds very practical but how to best carry it off is my question. I hope youll keep working on it and come up with
blind. Both sound sensible ideas. I do notice that my cars tend to run hotter on the temp gauge while at lights etc mainly because freezing cold air is not being forced across the radiator fins. But I think the main puzzle to me is the thermostat. I thought the idea was to hold a relatively small amount of water around the block until it was warm enough to open the thermostat. It seems to me the fiat
be able to find out with a multi meter When raking the house recently I found a pair of Ring Ursa DRLs that I bought for my old car and never fitted. Having looked at the Bravo there are two possibilities where I could fit them. Easiest option is to mount them to the bumper in front of the lower grille at the top edge of the aperture so they would be just below the numberplate. This option isnt ideal
ridiculous like saying that a Ferrari looks like a Lamborghini. I used to think that the Uno Mk2 looks like a Vauxhall Nova if you hollow-out the radiator grille however I now realise that this association was just as stupid see photos below I tried hard to find some similar photos for comparison and Ive uploaded the four best choices (pity that the Uno Mk1 was in rough condition but you get the idea
NO metalwork being cut. Agreed. I actually looked at my Punto after I wrote that and realised the lights curve around considerably - youd need to extend the nose of the Uno to make them work and that would be wrong. Quote I like aggressive twin headlights maybe I could use Delta Evo ones with a perspex cover to make them look more integrated (& keep the wind drag to original levels). YES - good idea.