Wednesday July 29, 2015 Guerneville CA.
When I woke up this morning I just couldn’t seem to get it going, so I decided to stay home for the day and rest up. After some puttering and a couple of naps, I started working on the van fan shroud as I needed to get it done for a trip I’m going on soon.
Cutting the barrel
I’d cut a four and a half inch piece off of the plastic barrel last time I worked on it. I included a small rib part of the barrel on the back side of the new shroud as it seemed sturdier then without it.
This was my work area. What’s left of the barrel I cut it from. The cardboard thing is a template of the mounting bolts. I’m using the radiator mounting bolts which I have extended for this purpose. I mounted the cardboard template in the van and spun the fan with a marker on the end of the fan blade, just held by hand and drew the fan outside diameter on the template.
Joining it together
I needed to join it, as it has to come apart to twist it off the fan blades to get it on or off the van for repairs. The rib provided a spot to lay a small piece of metal in to fasten it together once it was installed. You can see I used pop rivets and two quarter inch bolts so it can be taken apart. I had to bend the metal bar a bit to match the circle.
If I was to make it again, I might move the split part nearer the top of the shroud as it would be easier to work with there instead of down below. However, if I just unbolt the bolts that mount it to the radiator, I can spin it to get the split to the top anyway, where I can work on it.
In the end, I had to trim some of the plastic off just above the metal strap to give the main engine pulleys some more clearance, so that might be another reason to move the split closer to the top of the shroud as it is mounted.
Checking it out
I installed the new shroud and inspected it for clearance all around. It looked good, except I thought the bottom was a bit too close to the main engine pulley, so I marked it and took it off and trimmed a bit off in that part and put it all back together again.
What might happen when I start the engine
I rechecked the clearance around the blades and checked it over again. I turned the key and started the engine and all worked with no unforeseen noises or clanks of any kind which is a good thing. :O)
I think the shroud made a big difference in how much air the fan is sucking, as it’s really blowing back there by the engine now.
I got done with the fan shroud just before dark, so that was about it for the day.