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    I am using an Aeroflow billet thermostat housing on a Torque Power single plane. I also have an Aussie Desert Cooler which has outlets in the stock locations. The car is injected with a braided crossover hose so that does complicate it slightly but nothing too critical.

    I know none of this is particularly exotic so I'm sure someone out there knows which radiator hose is best for the job. I'd prefer rubber and happy to make some modifications with the Stanley knife. The factory VN hose isn't close, would a VT LS1 hose work?

    Any suggestions?

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    Flexible hose, cut to any length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMMDOT View Post
    I am using an Aeroflow billet thermostat housing on a Torque Power single plane. I also have an Aussie Desert Cooler which has outlets in the stock locations. The car is injected with a braided crossover hose so that does complicate it slightly but nothing too critical.

    I know none of this is particularly exotic so I'm sure someone out there knows which radiator hose is best for the job. I'd prefer rubber and happy to make some modifications with the Stanley knife. The factory VN hose isn't close, would a VT LS1 hose work?

    Any suggestions?
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    Aussie Desert Cooler with outlets in stock positions. The car itself is a VN.

    Sorry- I should have been clearer.

    Ideally, I'd prefer a factory rubber hose, but if there's no other option it'll have to be one of the universal ones.

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    Bend a bit of wire to the shape you require and take it into somewhere like Supercheap. I once got a top radiator hose off a Toyota for my VH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMMDOT View Post
    Aussie Desert Cooler with outlets in stock positions. The car itself is a VN.

    Sorry- I should have been clearer.

    Ideally, I'd prefer a factory rubber hose, but if there's no other option it'll have to be one of the universal ones.
    thanks..
    but I have to question your original comment - The factory VN hose isn't close

    The TP single plane manifold has the thermostat opening in the usual area and the Aeroflow housing
    comes in 2 styles - flat like VN EFI ones or pointing up at 45 like early blue/black carby engines

    Is the housing outlet the problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2 View Post
    thanks..
    but I have to question your original comment - The factory VN hose isn't close

    The TP single plane manifold has the thermostat opening in the usual area and the Aeroflow housing
    comes in 2 styles - flat like VN EFI ones or pointing up at 45 like early blue/black carby engines

    Is the housing outlet the problem?
    I have the AF64-2056 - the one without the heater. Perhaps the catalog is deceptive, but both outlets seem to be angled to a similar degree. There isn't any discrimination between the earlier 253 / 308 and the 304 listed in the catalog I have. In either case, the angle is the least of my current worries. (EDIT: just checked the Aeroflow website and both options for the Holden V8 are angled at 45 degrees).

    I have just ordered both a VL and WB hose to see which one works- I'm pretty confident between those two, something will be fine. I do have a photo from a car show with a similar set up to mine that certainly isn't running the VN top hose but I can't make out a part number or anything.

    I'll get a couple of pictures to show what I mean. Looking at an old photo and thinking back on it, I'm not sure that the bunch of bananas and the TP Single do have the thermostat in the same place.
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    A similar set up with a different hose:

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    The VN hose in place:

    IMG_7049.jpg

    If it wasn't for being in lock down, I'd do as Keith suggested (although last time I was at Supercheap they had about three hoses on the shelf...).

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    hmmm... those seem very short

    comparo...
    VL hose on mine.. has to be this because of the STRAIGHT top outlet
    Early bird top rad outlets are aimed at the thermostat housing
    VL..? straight (as was VN on)


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    I used part of the bottom hose and a bit of the top hose.
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    If the outlet angle is still an issue when you find a hose, a small block Chev swivel thermostat housing has less of an angle and is the same bolt pattern as a Holden one. If the TP intake has provision for the heater with the thermo housing you can drill and tap it for an NPT plug or you should be able to make a hybrid housing using the Holden base and the Chev swivel section.

    I haven't seen it mentioned but the main reason the VN hose is too short is because on the factory bunch of bananas the thermo housing is closer to the drivers side not in the centre like an early intake or in this case an aftermarket intake.

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    hq308 - that's how I remember it.

    Thanks for all the replies. Once I sort it out between the VL and WB hoses, I'll post another solution.

    Conrod - who made your catch can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMMDOT View Post
    hq308 - that's how I remember it.

    Thanks for all the replies. Once I sort it out between the VL and WB hoses, I'll post another solution.

    Conrod - who made your catch can?

    Not sure, got it from someone on fleebay a few years ago.

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