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Now that we had our project objectives outlined, we could bring in a vehicle to begin the first stage of product development. After checking with our local contacts, we were able to locate the 2010 6.7L you see below!
A big thank you to the owner of this truck! Take a look under the hood. This truck was equipped with some basic bolt-on modifications.
Once the truck was in our shop, we set to work removing the factory radiator. Our goal was to capture all critical dimensions on the radiator so we could use these data points to design our radiator. Additionally, we would be taking measurements on the vehicle to ensure any enlargements we made would not interfere with components on the truck. Check out a few images of the factory radiator installed in the truck.
It’s much easier to remove the radiator than the intercooler on this specific vehicle. In a short period of time, we had the radiator out and the engine bay ready for evaluation.
Once the factory radiator was out, we collected our dimensional data so we could begin designing our prototype in 3D. To do this, we set up the radiator on our CMM (coordinate measuring machine) with Romer arm. This equipment provides a platform to capture accurate data points in a controlled environment. Using this arm, we can plot points for all major components and then incorporate them into a design. Check it out!
Once we had all our data, the team developed a 3D prototype. Check back with us next time for the first installation of our prototype aluminum radiator. In the meantime, we leave you with a teaser of our prototype!