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Homebrew intercooler?

Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by Steve_87K5, May 18, 2004.

  1. Steve_87K5

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    Anyone designed and made their own intercooler? Where to buy the core material?
     
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    not sure on this but Have you tried going to a junkyard and looking for one off some inport that came with a turbo?
     
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    I haven't looked at the boneyard, but thats a good start. Kennedy diesel sells one at a decent price. But when I look at one I don't see why I couldn't have a go at making one from scratch, and save several hundred bucks, if not more.
     
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    Good luck, intercoolers move a lot more air than you'd normally think. Njot to say you couldnt build one though, it would be darn cool. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    not too many import turbo cars came with an intercooler from the factory. Thinking, if your lucky, you can find a Mitsu, wrx,
     
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    I've thought the same thing as well, however I still suck at welding aluminum, need more practice. I'd like to know how you determine the dimensions, I'd assume you can only make it too small.
     
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    one reason to build it yourself is the price. Amazing what they ask for these things. The other is that off the shelf unit may not be mountable where I want to mount it. Anyone know where the core material could be bought?
     
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    one reason to build it yourself is the price. Amazing what they ask for these things. The other is that off the shelf unit may not be mountable where I want to mount it. Anyone know where the core material could be bought?

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    that is the only thing holding me back.

    Back home I did that because I had access to all kinds of materials, here I still can't find anything for fabrication.
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    if you want to look for one at a junk yard look for a isuzu foward cab truck, the ones we had at my old job were intercolled, they were like 5 or 6" thick and are about the size of our radiatiors. you should beable to find one from a rear wreck or rollover.
     
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    Good idea. What years and models of Isuzu?
     
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    they were like 5 or 6" thick and are about the size of our radiatiors.

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    That size would probably cause noticeable turbo lag. Where would you put it?
     
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    the trucks we had at work were 2001s, they had a preaty "intercooled turbo diesel" sticker on them. they were NPR Isuzus
     

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