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grey_1
12-07-06, 08:42 PM
So I happened on this '77 Bonneville heater core for $25.00 at advanced auto and thought "This thing could move some heat!" and bought it. I've got the fittings I need to attatch barbs already sweated on and now have to wait for new cpu and chipset blocks. And figure out a shroud and mounting system for this...thing.

So...anyone else here tried an automotive heater core yet?

The fan is a 120 for scale.

Edit for Update: before
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1354/picture001tt5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

And after, against my stacker for scale.
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/1442/picturezu4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

My home made shroud - before
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/2394/picture008gm0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

And after - a little filing and paint, along with the brackets = ready to mount.
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/6097/picture009nw4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Long story short...
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1756/picture016sd3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/8464/picture017mt9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

A slight mess :)
http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7671/picture018zv8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

idle 30 minutes
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/3001/h20afterdi4.png (http://imageshack.us)
Load 30 minutes
http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/9978/loadtempsgw3.png (http://imageshack.us)
Temps are the same as before. Main difference is all fans except CPU are OFF. Zalman just barely audible. Cool. :)

CaptNKILL
12-07-06, 08:48 PM
:lol:

Wow that thing is massive.

stevemedes
12-07-06, 09:38 PM
people have been using those in their waterloops for years! let me know how it works out! :)

Roadhog
12-07-06, 09:49 PM
That will work perfect! I was thinking about doing that but I decided to go for looks lol...

Spartan 117
12-07-06, 11:20 PM
nice, I wonder if a Intercooler would work wonders, thats if you manage to get a pump that can push the coolent through that :D

grey_1
12-08-06, 04:07 AM
nice, I wonder if a Intercooler would work wonders, thats if you manage to get a pump that can push the coolent through that :D

That's one off my worries. It all starts innocent enough, next thing you know there's a vapo-chill on my puter. :p

edit: That may slow this down a bit actually. I have to get the new water blocks, get this painted and modify the pump/res. assembly. I need to have a drain in it. As far as getting this mounted, God only knows.

Inf1n1tyComplex
12-08-06, 06:00 AM
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1792/picture005le6.jpg
When my friend’s older sister came into the room she wanted to see what we were looking at seeing as she always suspects that 2 guys on a computer are either A. Playing computer games loudly or B. Looking at porn quietly... Anyhow we moved showed her the screen in which she was standing at the doorway of the room and she pointed at this picture and blushed and stuttered out "dildo's what are you doing looking at those"... So while i was laughing my ass off my friend explained to her it was a '77 Bonneville heater core that was going to be used on a water cooling system... I think that’s the last time we ever hear anymore accusations of us looking at porn all day and now we got her little sister asking everyone what is a dildo... Surprisingly I wonder were this his so called respectable sister who her parents claim she doesn’t swear and always acts in a polite and honorable manner ever learnt the word... I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a few dildos hidden somewhere around her room :captnkill:

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/357/picture005le6copyrd0.jpg

grey_1
12-08-06, 06:59 AM
When my friend’s older sister came into the room she wanted to see what we were looking at seeing as she always suspects that 2 guys on a computer are either A. Playing computer games loudly or B. Looking at porn quietly... Anyhow we moved showed her the screen in which she was standing at the doorway of the room and she pointed at this picture and blushed and stuttered out "dildo's what are you doing looking at those"... So while i was laughing my ass off my friend explained to her it was a '77 Bonneville heater core that was going to be used on a water cooling system... I think that’s the last time we ever hear anymore accusations of us looking at porn all day and now we got her little sister asking everyone what is a dildo... Surprisingly I wonder were this his so called respectable sister who her parents claim she doesn’t swear and always acts in a polite and honorable manner ever learnt the word... I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a few dildos hidden somewhere around her room :captnkill:


A friend of mines dog actually carried hers from the upstairs bedroom while her mom was over visiting. No kidding, she said she hasn't been able to look her mom in the eye since! :rofl

Inf1n1tyComplex
12-08-06, 07:45 AM
A friend of mines dog actually carried hers from the upstairs bedroom while her mom was over visiting. No kidding, she said she hasn't been able to look her mom in the eye since! :rofl
:rofl I had a nice mouthful of vanilla milkshake in my mouth when i read this and luckily I was able to hold it in long enough to quickly turn my head and spit the mouthful of milkshake out on my 22" crt barely missing my dell 2407 lcd screen in front of me...:o

Oh forgot to mention my friends father got asked what a dildo was from his daughter whom was crying and wanting to speak to her mommy and daddy so we called him and then we got put on the phone... when we explained everything exactly as it happened he shut the phone a few minutes latter he called again wanting to speak to my friends older sister... She went into another room on the cordless phone and shut the door so me and my friend crept silently into the lounge room and turned on the speaker function of the phone used to tape calls so we can hear what was being said it turns out the father searched his eldest daughter room and found a few dildos, condoms, morning after pill and some dirty lingerie...It seems she’s under house arrest for ever seeing as her father wont let her out of his sight now, boy was he pissed I am kind of worried though my friend said that as a kid he used to beat them if they did something wrong it seems he might just beat her... Just wish i had a tape recorder or something at the time to tape it, was funny as hell... If I knew she was a nympho I would of tried hitting on her :naughty: too bad it would of been fruitless seeing as I lost my pino in a car accident 3 years ago...

hazindu
12-08-06, 08:02 AM
So...anyone else here tried an automotive heater core yet?
Unless your cooling a server with 8 Prescots or something like that it is quite an overkill, but enjoy none the less.:)

hirantha
12-08-06, 08:47 AM
thats sweet!! why didnt i ever think of that?... nice have fun!!

grey_1
12-08-06, 11:14 AM
:rofl I had a nice mouthful of vanilla milkshake in my mouth when i read this and luckily I was able to hold it in long enough to quickly turn my head and spit the mouthful of milkshake out on my 22" crt barely missing my dell 2407 lcd screen in front of me...:o

shortened
-I hope she's alright...but yeah, the look on this gals face was priceless, shoulda been a kodak moment but I was too slow.:p

As for this heater core, I found the clamps for the mount (auto battery hold downs, now I just need paint, my water blocks and hope my asetek pump has what it takes.

grey_1
12-08-06, 04:46 PM
First post image updated.

hazindu
12-11-06, 12:18 PM
hope my asetek pump has what it takes.No worries, believe it or not, automotive heater cores are usually less restrictive then purpose built PC radiators.

Xion X2
12-11-06, 12:21 PM
Nice job, grey! I love how you painted it to make it look all professional. Lots of guys just shove a rusty ole heatercore in their system w/o dressing it up any. :p

I'm sure that thing will move some serious heat! Let us all know how it works out.

grey_1
12-11-06, 12:57 PM
Nice job, grey! I love how you painted it to make it look all professional. Lots of guys just shove a rusty ole heatercore in their system w/o dressing it up any. :p

I'm sure that thing will move some serious heat! Let us all know how it works out.
Thanks! I'm still trying to figure a professional looking mounting system for it, but my main goal, as I don't oc much, is as silent as possible, hence something that should move serious heat for me.

Hopefully more pics soon. :)

grey_1
12-13-06, 01:01 PM
First post updated with home made shroud for anyone still interested. :)

Roadhog
12-13-06, 01:06 PM
how come you didn't go with 2 low speed fans?

ynnek
12-13-06, 01:40 PM
just wondering, is that a brand new heater core? reconditioned? or just ripped out?

Because if there is corrosion and junk inside that core, I'm wondering if bits of junk can contaminate the stream and possibly jam up the tubes, mess up the pumps, and get stuck inside the small passages of the water blocks.

Roadhog
12-13-06, 01:42 PM
just wondering, is that a brand new heater core? reconditioned? or just ripped out?

Because if there is corrosion and junk inside that core, I'm wondering if bits of junk can contaminate the stream and possibly jam up the tubes, mess up the pumps, and get stuck inside the small passages of the water blocks.

if there is soak it in vinegar for a few hours. :captnkill:

grey_1
12-13-06, 01:43 PM
how come you didn't go with 2 low speed fans?
I want this thing silent as possible. :) That's a 130mm fan (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1723476) that moves 54cfm @ 16db. With the core mounted horizontally at the top of the case it should be enough.

If not, it took about 10 minutes to make that shroud and I have 2 120's ready and alot more sheet metal laying around.

grey_1
12-13-06, 01:45 PM
just wondering, is that a brand new heater core? reconditioned? or just ripped out?

Because if there is corrosion and junk inside that core, I'm wondering if bits of junk can contaminate the stream and possibly jam up the tubes, mess up the pumps, and get stuck inside the small passages of the water blocks.

It's brand new. $27 after tax at Advanced auto. It's also going to get a couple days worth of flushing out with zerex cleaner, then distilled water before I hook it up to any other components.

ynnek
12-13-06, 02:37 PM
It's brand new. $27 after tax at Advanced auto. It's also going to get a couple days worth of flushing out with zerex cleaner, then distilled water before I hook it up to any other components.

good call...

grey_1
12-17-06, 05:52 PM
First post updated with pics and temps. It's finished for now, just need my cpu and chipset blocks after christmas and alot of tiewraps. :D

Roadhog
12-18-06, 02:06 AM
nice! but why didn't you water cool the cpu?