Reading the threads it seems that when it comes to radiator replacement there are two schools of thought:
- Through the top (flat earth types)
- Through the bottom (spherical earth types)
This morning I was a flat earther, now I am not! What changed my mind? Spending the day trying to change the radiator on my Spider.
All started well by going in through the top. It was a struggle to get the fan panel out as it was joined by corrosion to the bottom of the radiator but with a bit of levering on the brackets from the bottom it came free.
Then the fun, trying to separate the radiator from the air-con radiator. The top separated OK with the removal of two bolts but the bottom would not. On close inspection I found four bolts holding the bottom of the two radiators together. These could only be successfully removed by taking the front bumper off which of course requires the headlights to come out too......
Tomorrow I need to drop the front crossmember to get the rad out and put the new one in. When I left the car this afternoon one bolt from each end of the crossmember was out, the other two were stuck so hopefully a soak overnight in easing oil will make this possible.
I knew the crossmember was in a bad state and have secured a used replacement. However, taking the front bumper off has revealed that the chassis ends that that the crossmember bolts to are sound but rusty. So they will get a de-rust and paint before everything else goes back together.
Hopefully there will be a positive progress update tomorrow!