Keep Your Chevy Camaro in Top Shape - Replace its Radiator!
Under the code name, "Panther," the first-generation Chevrolet Camaro was developed in the early 1960s as Chevy's answer to the Ford Mustang. When the assembled press asked about the origin of the name, Camaro, they were informed that it was a vicious, diminutive animal and that it fed on Mustangs.
From 1967 until 2002, the Camaro was built on the General Motors F-body platform, a small rear-wheel drive. It was classed as a Pony, Muscle or Sports Car and was available as a 2-door coupe and 2-door convertible. Like almost all cars, the Chevy Camaro has had a car radiator ever since production began.
The function of an automobile radiator is to transfer heat from the car's engine to the environment. This is to prevent the engine from overheating. While the Camaro's factory radiator was okay for driving around town and motoring around the country, stock radiators aren't equipped to handle the increased demands of a modified high performance street or racing vehicle.
Radiators for high performance cars have features like all-aluminum construction, heavy-duty tanks and high-capacity tubing. Auto radiators generally come in two types, cross flow and down flow.
Cross flow radiators
Cross flow radiators move fluid in the horizontal plan through the radiator, parallel to the road's surface. This offers a greater surface area for heat dissipation, allowing more low profile hood designs. They are also easy and cheap to make. On the down side, they are wider than their down flow counterparts and hard to fit into cars with modified engines.
Down flow radiators
Compared to cross flow radiators, which are short and wide, down flow radiators are tall and thin, making them ideal for trucks and other vehicles where a low profile is not important. In order to fit into a performance car with a low profile, the down flow model needs to be shorter than stock, which decreases the available surface area for heat transfer.